<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - - Mavs Central]]>Copyright 2018http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sportsen-usTue, 23 Jan 2018 08:12:16 -0600Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:12:16 -0600NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Mavs Slow Recent Slide With Season Sweep of Wizards]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:29:51 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-908987586.jpg

Harrison Barnes had 20 points and 10 rebounds, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. scored 17 and the Dallas Mavericks finished a season sweep of playoff-contending Washington, beating the Wizards 98-75 on Monday night.

The Mavericks slowed a recent slide that had them headed back to the bottom of the Western Conference, ending their second three-game losing streak since the start of January.

Barnes, who scored a season-best 31 points in a 113-99 win at Washington in November, was 9 of 16 from the field.

The Mavericks held the high-scoring backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal to 28 percent shooting. Beal scored 18 and Wall had 11 -- the only double-digit scorers for the Wizards -- as the guards combined to go 8 of 29 from the field.

Wall missed all four of his 3-point attempts as Washington went 7 of 32 from long range (22 percent) and shot 31 percent overall. The Wizards had their second-lowest point total behind a 116-69 loss at Utah in December.

The Mavericks held an opponent to season lows in points in the first half (37) and the game.

Dirk Nowitzki had just two points when he converted a four-point play to start the fourth quarter to give Dallas its biggest lead to that point at 75-54.

Nowitzki, who finished with eight points and nine rebounds, hit his 3 before the foul by Mike Scott from the same left corner where Yogi Ferrell connected at the third-quarter buzzer. Ferrell scored 14 points along with Wesley Matthews, who was 4 of 8 from 3-point range.

Smith, who also had a game-high six assists, scored his first points on a 360-degree dunk and later in the first half soared between Wall and Otto Porter Jr. for a layup.

TIP-INS

Wizards: F Markieff Morris and coach Scott Brooks got technicals in the first half. Morris was complaining about no-calls on fouls after he was called for one when he knocked the ball loose as Smith was going up for a dunk on a 3-on-1 break. Brooks got his in the final seconds of the half, not long after Morris was called for an offensive foul. ... Porter left with a right hip strain and didn't return.

Mavericks: C Salah Mejri was ejected after getting two technicals when he kept arguing with official David Guthrie despite Matthews trying to push him away. Rick Carlisle wasn't happy with Mejri, yelling at him to get off the floor when Mejri tried to tell his coach he didn't say anything. "Yeah you did," Carlisle shot back. ... J.J. Barea was called for a technical while he and Wall exchanged words following a foul on Barea in the fourth quarter. ... G Devin Harris is in the concussion protocol and missed the game. He was injured in Saturday's loss at Portland.

UP NEXT

Wizards: At Oklahoma City on Thursday in fourth game of five-game trip, tied for their longest of the season. The teams will finish the two-game season series five days later in Washington.

Mavericks: Host Houston on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Sharp-Shooting Lillard Gets 31 Points, Blazers Beat Mavs]]>Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:29:16 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-905821288.jpg

Damian Lillard tried to make a final statement as the NBA All-Star roster deadline nears.

The Portland guard hit his first nine shots -- including seven 3-pointers -- and scored 31 points as the Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-108 on Saturday night for their season-best sixth consecutive home win.

Lillard, who didn't miss a shot until late in the third quarter, went 10 of 15 from the floor and handed out nine assists to lead Portland. Backcourt mate CJ McCollum scored 26 points, while Evan Turner had 17 points and Al-Farouq Aminu 13.

Portland tied a season high with 18 3-pointers. Six Blazers made at least two each, led by Lillard's seven.

NBA All-Star reserves, voted by the coaches, will be announced Tuesday. Portland's next game isn't until Monday, and by then, many coaches will have already voted. Saturday's performance might have been Lillard's last All-Star statement.

Lillard didn't see Saturday's game as an All-Star audition, but rather, what he's supposed to do.

"I gotta play at a certain way and perform at a certain level for us to be able to win games," he said. "That's why my job is. I don't have anything else to say about it."

Turner spoke up on Lillard's behalf.

"He's been playing at a high level," Turner said. "An All-Star level. They screwed him the last two years, right? When's the make-up call? They owe him a couple. That's case enough."

Wesley Matthews led Dallas with 23 points. Dirk Nowitzki and Dennis Smith Jr. scored 21 points each, with Nowitzki setting a season high.

Portland led by 18 points in the second half but had trouble putting away the pesky Mavericks. Dallas whittled away at Portland's advantage during the fourth quarter, getting as close as five points with 36 seconds remaining. A dunk by the Blazers' Ed Davis with 17 seconds left put the Mavericks away.

Portland led 62-45 at halftime, after the Blazers shot 57 percent (24 of 42) during the first half.

"First half, I thought was bad. Second half was very good. You've got to play both halves, so we've got to get a better start," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.

Portland led 33-20 after the first quarter, and its dominance was particularly evidence on the final two baskets. Shabazz Napier stripped J.J. Barea at midcourt and finished with a rare dunk. Seconds later, McCollum had a layup after blowing by Yogi Ferrell so quickly the Dallas guard fell to the ground.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Barea returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday's game at Denver. He scored 12 points. ... This is the second time this season Dallas has had a four-day break in between games. The Mavericks are 0-2 in that situation. ... Devin Harris suffered a head injury during the first half and didn't return.

Trail Blazers: Matthews left the Blazers for Dallas following the 2014-15 season, but he's still popular in Portland, as fans warmly cheered him during pregame introductions. ... Last season, Lillard averaged 28.3 points in three games against the Mavericks.

NURKIC REACTS TO TECH

The game got chippy down the stretch, with three technical fouls during the final five minutes. The most prominent happened after Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic and Dallas' Salah Mejri became entangled under the basket. As the two released, Mejri flew to the ground. After consulting the television monitor, Nurkic was assessed a technical.

"I thought he locked my arm and I didn't like that. So I let him know - dirty plays - I don't like that," Nurkic said. "The refs are going to do what they're going to do. He got fouled and then he locked my arm on purpose. That's not good."

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Monday night at home against Washington

Trail Blazers: Monday night at Denver.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavs Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. Wants in the NBA Dunk Contest]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:44:45 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smith-dennis-dunk.jpg

Dennis Smith Jr. has all the requirements for being a next-level dunker.

And yes, part of that is because he can get to that next level with his cartoon-character hops that elevate him to the rim and beyond while others feel gravity’s grip much sooner.

But the Mavericks’ rookie also has the youth, desire and creativity to be an artist when it comes to dunking the basketball in ways that make us go ooh and ahh. That’s why he’s OK with putting the onus on the

Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

Should the Dallas Mavs Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. be in the Dunk Contest? Vote in the poll at the top right.

If the NBA picks him and he agrees he would be the 3rd Maverick to be in the contest. The last player was Michael Finley in 1997. Finley still works for the Mavs, He came in 3rd place in 1997.

Before him it was Tony Dumas in 1995  and he has a small piece of history in that he hurt a knee while trying to do a dunk he called the “Texas Twister.” That fueled the fire for players who believe that being in the dunk contest is an unnecessary risk to their bodies.



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<![CDATA[Grambling Band to Perform During Mavs African-American Night]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:06:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs-center-court.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks will host the "World Famed" Grambling Tiger Marching Band Friday during African-American heritage night.

The annual event starts at 5:30 P.M. with a pre-game mixer in the Budweiser EIGTHEEN76 Lounge and will conclude with a postgame after-party presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey featuring DJ Steve Nice in the Lexus Club (game ticket required for both events).

African-American Heritage Night is a fundraiser for UNCF and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Inc. and a portion of the proceeds raised from this special ticket offer will go toward scholarships provided by UNCF and NPHC.

Throughout the night, the Mavs, local Historical Black College and Universities (HBCU) Alumni and the National Pan-Hellenic Council will host Greek Night for the Dallas Alumni Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Iota Phi Theta.

All members of Greek organizations are encouraged to wear their Greek paraphernalia at the game.  
 
At halftime, Grambling's “World Famed” Tiger Marching Band will perform.
 
For ticket information visit mavs.com/AAHN.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Dancers, 2015-2016]]>Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:44:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/513700850.jpgPhotos of the Dallas Mavericks Dancers during the 2015-2016 season.

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<![CDATA[Jokic's Big Night Helps Nuggets Hold off Mavericks]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:56:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-905806522.jpg

Michael Malone wasn't all that thrilled about the lack of composure in the final quarter. Or all the turnovers. Or the shot selection. Or even the defense.

Still, he won't quibble with the outcome.

"We survived," Denver's coach said.

Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds, Gary Harris hit two late free throws and the Nuggets held off the Dallas Mavericks 105-102 on Tuesday night after nearly blowing a 23-point lead.

"We lost focus in the fourth quarter and we gave them a chance to come back in the game," Jokic said. "That was bad."

The Nuggets led 82-59 with 4:04 left in the third before Dallas staged a massive comeback. The Mavericks cut the deficit to one on a three-point play by Dennis Smith Jr. with 10.4 seconds remaining. After Harris made two free throws, the Mavericks had a chance for a last-second shot, but Dwight Powell couldn't corral a long pass as the buzzer sounded.

"We never give up," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "There are some things to build on here."

So, what exactly changed in the fourth?

"I don't know. I'll have to go back and watch film to figure it out," said Smith, who finished with 25 points.

The Nuggets unraveled during a fourth quarter in which they were outscored 33-19. They turned the ball over several times, leading to 10 points, hit just 3 of 7 free throws and allowed Dallas to drain three 3-pointers.

"I thought we looked like a poorly coached team in that fourth quarter," Malone said. "I take that very personally. We all have to be better down the stretch. If that game is 10 seconds longer, we probably lose.

"But I'm not going to say it's a complete waste -- we got a win. I'm proud of our guys for having enough fortitude down the stretch to get the win."

Harris finished with 25 points and Will Barton added 22 for the Nuggets, who won for just the second time in six games.

Trying to address the issue of slow starts, Malone tweaked the starting lineup by inserting Barton and sending Mason Plumlee to the bench. The change worked as Denver led at halftime. That's significant because it halted a streak of seven straight games in which the Nuggets trailed at intermission.

Denver made protecting the paint a point of emphasis in this contest. When the Mavericks beat the Nuggets 122-105 on Dec. 4, they dominated points in the paint with 64. That figure comes with a caveat -- Jokic was sidelined with an ankle sprain.

This time, Dallas had 42.

Harris and Jokic combined to score Denver's opening 22 points, before Plumlee got in the scoring act with a free throw late in the first quarter.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: J.J. Barea sat out with a strained groin. ... F Harrison Barnes contributed 17 points, while reserve Devin Harris had 16.

Nuggets: The team had two buzzer-beaters -- Barton on a 3-pointer to end the first quarter and Jokic with a tip-in to close out the second. ... Jokic had seven assists.

INJURY UPDATE

Carlisle said it's looking like at least February until Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee), Nerlens Noel (left thumb) and Seth Curry (left tibia) return.

"Right now Nerlens is on track to be on the floor before any of them," Carlisle said. "If all goes well it's very possible he could be back playing in the first week of February."

YOUTH IS SERVED

A reason for Denver's disparity between its home record (16-5) and road mark (7-16) is plain, old youth.

"It's our reality. Jamal (Murray) is 20. That's not an excuse, he's 20 years old," Malone said. "We have a lot of young players and we have to help them get through these tough times."

SPORADIC JOKIC

Malone isn't worried about Jokic's up-and-down performances. All part of his learning curve.

"This is his third year in the NBA. He was a second-round pick. Now all of a sudden people want him to be Superman," Malone said. "Very few players in NBA history come in their first, second and third year and put a franchise on their back. What you love about Nikola is he doesn't shy from it."

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At the Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Cavaliers: Travel to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Home Losses Continue to Frustrate Dirk, Mavericks]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:24:49 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs_dirk_frustrations_1200x675_1138214979561.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki discusses the Mavericks' frustration concerning their poor home record this season. The Mavericks are 9-14 in downtown Dallas. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mavericks Discuss What MLK Day Means to Them]]>Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:18:20 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavericks_discuss_mlk_day_1200x675_1137467971892.jpg

Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowtizki explain to NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs what Martin Luther King Jr. Day means to them. ]]>
<![CDATA[Randle Leads Lakers Past Mavericks in Overtime]]>Sat, 13 Jan 2018 17:21:10 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/mavericks+lakers+sunday.jpg

With a matinee game in the middle of a road trip, Dallas native Julius Randle had a rare opportunity to enjoy a night off in his hometown.   

He already had a good afternoon.   

Randle had 23 points and 15 rebounds, including a follow shot late in overtime that helped the Los Angeles Lakers seal a 107-101 victory over the Mavericks on Saturday.   

"Yeah, I'm going to enjoy it for sure," Randle said. "I've got my little man here, got my wife here, my family. I'm going to enjoy this night."   

With his team leading 104-101, Randle grabbed a rebound on Lonzo Ball's missed jump shot and scored on the rebound with 18 seconds remaining, giving the Lakers a five-point lead they preserved to extend their winning streak to a season-best four games.   

"That's a tough place to win, so it's a good job getting this win on the road," Randle said.   

The Lakers (15-27) trailed by double digits in the fourth quarter, but battled back for their first win against the Mavericks in 15 tries and their first victory in Dallas since Feb. 24, 2013.   

"We just didn't want to lose," guard Jordan Clarkson said.   

Clarkson added 19 points, Kyle Kuzma had 18, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17.   

Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 23 points, 17 in the first half, as the Mavericks (15-29) had a two-game win streak snapped. Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews each had 17 points for Dallas.   

Randle scored six points in overtime, including a fadeaway shot with 2:35 remaining that gave the Lakers a 102-99 lead.   

"He was just being a beast tonight," Smith said. "Using his power all game, he was relentless. So it worked out pretty well for them."   

Each team had a chance to win the game in final seconds of regulation.   

Barnes made a pull-up jumper in the paint to tie the game at 95 with 5.9 seconds remaining. The Lakers called a timeout but couldn't get off a clean shot before the buzzer.   

"I told them going into overtime, `All right, it's time to regroup now,"' Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "They made some tough shots (at the end of regulation), and now it's time to refocus. We've been in overtime games before, and let's take it possession by possession."   

There were six ties and 12 lead changes in the game, and the Lakers turned it into a close game when they orchestrated a 15-3 run in the fourth quarter, erasing the 80-70 lead that Dallas had taken early in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Dirk Nowitzki.   

"We gave up the 10-point lead in the fourth, we obviously lost some defensive edge there," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "We just weren't able to stop them. That was really it."   

Los Angeles played most of the game without Brandon Ingram, who had four points in the first half before a sprained left ankle pulled him from the game. 

 "It's a mild ankle sprain, day-to-day. I think they took him back to get some X-rays. I don't know that part of it, but he's day-to-day right now," Walton said. "We're obviously hopeful that he'll be able to get back with us because we need what he does out there on the court."   

TIP-INS   

Lakers: The Lakers' four-game win streak comes after a season-worst, nine-game skid.   

Mavericks: G Kyle Collingsworth was signed to a 10-day contract on Saturday. Collingsworth was originally signed to a two-way contract by Dallas on Dec. 19 but had been waived on Jan. 10 after playing in four games.   

DOUBLE-DOUBLE   

Kuzma had his 10th double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kuzma also had three assists and a steal in 36 minutes off the bench.   

MOVING UP   

Nowitzki passed former Laker Jerry West with his 7,161st career free throw made in the second quarter, taking sole possession of sixth in NBA history. Nowitzki finished 3 for 4 from the line and now has 7,163 makes in his career. Michael Jordan ranks fifth all-time with 7,327 made free throws.   

UP NEXT   

Lakers: Visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.   

Mavericks: Visit the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[4-Year-Old With Hearing Implant Hears Mavs' Drummers]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:59:24 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hearing_Mavs_Drummers_10p.jpg

A North Texas family shared a special moment from Tuesday night's Dallas Mavericks game at the American Airlines Center.

Four-year-old Jace Aguilar lost his hearing as a toddler, but he has a brand-new cochlear implant that has restored much of his hearing.

His mother, Brenda Aguilar, says the implant is working great.

She shared a video with NBC 5 showing Jace hearing the Mavs' drum line perform for the very first time.

His mom says Jace loves basketball and hopes to start playing soon.

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<![CDATA[Barnes, Ferrell Lead Mavericks Past Hornets]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:51:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-627063898.jpg

Harrison Barnes had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Yogi Ferrell made seven 3-pointers and scored 22 points and the Dallas Mavericks fended off fatigue to beat a fresh Charlotte Hornets team 115-111 on Wednesday night.

Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points for the Mavericks, and Dennis Smith Jr. had 15.

The Mavericks were playing their third game in four days, while the Hornets were coming off a four-day layoff. But Dallas showed no signs of wearing down in the fourth quarter, repeatedly thwarting Charlotte's attempts to take the lead.

Kemba Walker had 41 points on 16-of-28 shooting for the Hornets. Dwight Howard had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Charlotte, but was an anemic 5 of 18 from the foul line which proved costly in a close game.

Charlotte trailed by six entering the fourth quarter, but Jeremy Lamb buried a 3-pointer from the right wing to pull the Hornets even with 9 minutes left.

But the Hornets could never grab the lead.

The big play came with 2 minutes remaining when Salah Mejri ripped an offensive rebound away from Howard and kicked out a pass to Ferrell, who knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Mavericks a 5-point lead.

Barnes followed with a long 3 on the next possession.

The Hornets weren't done though, battling back to cut the lead to 111-110 with 31 seconds left on a pair of layups by Walker, including one off a half-court steal.

But after a miss by Walker, Barnes put the game away with two free throws with 10 seconds left.

TIP INS:

Mavericks: The team was awarded two-way forward Jalen Jones on a waiver claim. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a related move, the Mavericks also requested waivers on two-way guard Kyle Collinsworth. Jones appeared in four games for the New Orleans Pelicans as a rookie this season, averaging 1.3 points per game.

Hornets: Hornets assistant head coach Stephen Silas said backup center Cody Zeller is "not very close" to returning to action following his left knee injury. "He just started doing some spot shooting, but he's not very close," Silas said.

UP NEXT:

Mavericks: Host Lakers on Saturday.

Hornets: Host Jazz on Friday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Beat Magic, Stop 3-Game Slide]]>Tue, 09 Jan 2018 22:52:53 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-903144204.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki and rookie Dennis Smith Jr. each scored 20 points, and Dallas Mavericks stopped a three-game slide by beating the Orlando Magic 114-99 on Tuesday night.

Wesley Matthews had 16 points for Dallas, which got its first win since Dec. 31 against Oklahoma City. Harrison Barnes and Yogi Ferrell scored 15 points apiece, and J.J. Barea had 12 assists and eight points.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle earned his 708th career win, moving past John MacLeod for 17th in NBA history. Next up for Carlisle is Gene Shue, who has 784 wins.

Aaron Gordon scored 19 points for Orlando, which has lost five in a row. D.J. Augustin had 18 points, and Marreese Speights finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Magic led 48-43 at halftime, but Nowitzki and Smith helped the Mavericks rally with 15 points apiece in the second half.

Leading 66-64 with 4:04 remaining in the third quarter, Ferrell made a pull-up jumper and Barnes followed with another jump shot. The Mavs carried an 82-75 lead into the fourth.

The Magic pulled within four in the final period before the Mavericks closed out the game with a 14-3 run in the final four minutes.

Dallas shot 51.8 percent from the floor. Orlando shot 45.6 percent and had 13 turnovers in sloppy offensive performance.

TIP-INS

Magic: F Wes Iwundu and C Kehm Birch were recalled from the G League.

Mavericks: Dallas has not lost a regular-season series to Orlando since the 1997-98 season. The final scheduled meeting between the teams is April 4 in Orlando.

UP NEXT

Magic: Visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

Mavericks: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Carlisle Stands By Comments on ESPN Article]]>Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:53:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/carlisle+epsn+article.jpg

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle is not backing down from recent comments over an ESPN article that quoted Lavar Ball as saying the Los Angeles Lakers won't play for head coach Luke Walton. ]]>
<![CDATA[Lewisville Fan Wins Sweepstakes, Meets Dirk Nowitzki]]>Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:30:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-866809444.jpg

A die-hard Mavericks fan from Lewisville had a once in a lifetime experience over the weekend, thanks to a line of new sandwiches.

Rebecca Valera got a chance to meet Dirk Nowtizki and watch the Mavericks take on the Knicks on Sunday after being named the winner in the “Win a Day With Dirk,” created by Dallas-based Which Wich.

In October, Which Wich partnered with the Mavericks superstar to roll out the new line of sandwiches benefiting his charitable organization, The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation. The “DirkWiches” is to celebrate Nowtizki’s 20 years in Dallas.

The sweepstakes was created where Valera and her family received VIP tickets to the game, dinner at the Jack Daniel’s club, tour the Mavs locker room and meet Nowitzki.

The Mavericks lost to 100-96 to the Knicks. They are back on the court Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Dallas.



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<![CDATA[Dirk Happy About Harper's Jersey Retirement]]>Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:31:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk_chats_about_harper_retired_jersey_1200x675_1132229187510.jpg

Dirk Nowtizki talks about his excitement over the Mavericks retiring Derek Harper's No. 12 jersey and the Dallas teams of the 1980's. ]]>
<![CDATA[Porzingis, Jack Help Knicks Edge Mavs to End Skid at 3]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 22:10:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/189*120/GettyImages-902379666.jpg

Kristaps Porzingis scored 29 points and Jarrett Jack made the tiebreaking basket with 31.2 seconds left as the New York Knicks beat the Dallas Mavericks 100-96 on Sunday night.

Kyle O'Quinn had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Enes Kanter added 13 points and 18 boards for the Knicks, who ended a three-game losing streak and sent the Mavericks to their third straight loss -- all at home.

Harrison Barnes scored 25 points and Devin Harris had nine of his 11 in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks made yet another rally on the night they honored their long-time point guard Derek Harper by retiring his jersey.

Dallas never led in the game, and after coming up just short in furious fourth-quarter rallies against Golden State and Chicago earlier in their homestand, the Mavericks made another run after falling behind 90-77 with 4:48 to go.

Harris hit 3-pointers to start and end a 15-2 run over a 2:20 span to tie the score at 92. After Porzingis made two free throws and Barnes hit a short jumper, Jack used a screen to penetrate into the lane and drop in a floater.

J.J. Barea missed a long 3 that would have given Dallas the lead, and Courtney Lee hit four free throws in the final 16.6 seconds to seal it.

Kanter and Porzingis combined for 24 points in the first half. New York took a 56-52 halftime lead on the strength of 56 percent shooting, despite a sequence where Kanter missed a short hook shot and then four consecutive tips.

New York built its lead to 73-63 midway through the third quarter before the Mavericks closed the quarter on an 8-2 run.

But after Harris' three-point play cut the lead to 77-74 with 11:27 to play, Dallas did not score again for five minutes as the Knicks built the lead to 13.

HARPER HONORED

The Mavericks retired Harper's No. 12, the third Dallas player to be so honored. Harper's jersey joins those of his former teammates Brad Davis (No. 15) and Rolando Blackman (No. 22) in the rafters. Harper played 12 seasons in a 16-year career with the Mavericks, ranking fourth in the team's history in points and first in assists and steals. Harper also made the NBA Finals with the Knicks in 1994 and is now the analyst on Mavericks' TV broadcasts.

"I couldn't be more pleased for one of the best competitors I ever played against or saw play," said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. "It's interesting with Derek's number going into the rafters tonight and with Dennis Smith Jr., here. Going forward, I would love to see Dennis continue to develop his competitiveness, particularly at the defensive end, the way Derek did."

TIP-INS

Knicks: The Knicks guaranteed the contract of Jack for the remainder of the season. Jack has averaged seven points and six assists for New York. "He's helped bring some veteran leadership to our young guys," coach Jeff Hornacek said. "Early in the season, he was able to kind of direct traffic offensively, telling guys where to go all the time until they really learned it well."

Mavericks: Davis and Blackman were among the former Mavericks in attendance, and 86-year-old Dick Motta, the Mavericks' coach from 1980-87 and 1994-96, spoke at the ceremony.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Return home to play Chicago on Wednesday.

Mavericks: Host Orlando on Tuesday to conclude a four-game homestand.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Retire Derek Harper's No. 12 Jersey]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 21:48:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs_harper_retired_jersey_1200x675_1131523651933.jpg

During halftime of the Mavericks' game against the New York Knicks, the team retired former point guard Derek Harper's No 12 jersey. Harper spoke about the occasion afterwards. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mavericks' Rick Carlisle Rips Recent ESPN Article]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 17:58:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/carlisle_rips_espn_article_1200x675_1131420227718.jpg

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle did not hold back when asked about a recent ESPN article that quoted Lavar Ball saying the Los Angeles Lakers won't play for head coach Luke Walton. Carlisle is the head of the NBA Coaches Association. ]]>
<![CDATA[Dunn Scores Career-High 32 as Bulls Hold Off Mavs]]>Fri, 05 Jan 2018 22:47:49 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887272212.jpg

Kris Dunn scored a career-high 32 points, Justin Holiday added 23 and the Chicago Bulls held off a frantic Dallas rally in a 127-124 victory over the Mavericks on Friday night.

Rookie Lauri Markkanen had 16 with an emphatic follow-up dunk during a surge that put the Bulls up 10 with 1:08 to play.

The Mavericks slowly trimmed the deficit with full-court pressure and fouls in the final minute. Dallas actually had a shot to tie, but Yogi Ferrell's 3-pointer at the buzzer was short. The teams combined for 35 points in the final 68 seconds.

Wesley Matthews led Dallas with 24 points and Harrison Barnes had 23 in a fitting matchup of teams having nearly identical seasons -- miserable starts followed by respectable recoveries that pulled each out of last place in its conference.

Dunn hit a jumper to start a 16-4 run that ended with Nikola Mirotic's layup on an assist from Dunn for a 114-104 lead.

The Mavericks fouled the Bulls eight times in the final minute-plus, and the Bulls made all 13 free throws. But Dallas chipped away by getting three points on four different possessions, capped by Dennis Smith Jr. He missed from beyond the arc but hit an even longer one after an offensive rebound by Barnes to get within 125-124.

Dallas quickly fouled Holiday, who made both free throws with 2.6 seconds left before Ferrell's miss from the left wing after a long inbound pass was relayed to him. The Bulls outscored the Mavericks 47-36 in the fourth quarter.

Holiday (5 of 6) and Dunn (4 of 5) combined to go 9 of 11 from 3-point range as the Bulls shot 50 percent (14 of 28) from beyond the arc.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points and was 3 of 3 from long range, including one to give the Mavericks their final lead at 100-98. Smith scored 10 of his 15 in the final 44 seconds, including a dunk after a steal that helped give Dallas a chance at the buzzer.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Coach Fred Hoiberg said G Zach LaVine (left knee) was still on schedule for his possible season debut in about a week. LaVine had a light day of shooting and will get another full workout Saturday. It's possible he could play in the G League first. ... Dunn, in his second season, topped his previous best of 24 on Nov. 28 against Phoenix. ... Mirotic had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Mavericks: Matthews had his second straight 20-point game, matching his previous total for the season. ... J.J. Barea had 11 points and nine assists. ... Dwight Powell scored 13 before fouling out during the frantic final minute.

UP NEXT

Bulls: At Indiana on Saturday.

Mavericks: Knicks at home Sunday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Made a Power Move That Changed the Mavericks]]>Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:24:33 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-470272300.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban bought the Dallas Mavericks 18 years ago. NBC 5's Newy Scruggs and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor talk about Cuban's accomplishments as an owner.

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<![CDATA[Mavs No Longer Known as 'Little Cows' in China]]>Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:09:06 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887255278.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks have selected a new Chinese name for the team -- one that's a little easier to rally behind.

For nearly two decades, the team said Thursday, the Mavericks name has been translated into Chinese as ... "Little Cows."

Well, that's no more. Going forward, the team will be known as ,"独行侠 (DúXíngXiá), which translates roughly in English to “Lone Ranger Heroes” and is pronounced as Sue-Sing-Sha.

The name was selected by Chinese fans who took part in an online vote through Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. Twitter is one of many popular websites banned in the communist nation.

Anyhow, from the initial votes three finalists were selected -- 独行侠 (“Lone Ranger Heroes”), 烈驹 (“Fierce Colts”) and 狂马 (“Wild Horses”).

Chinese fans again took to Weibo and chose their favorite. After more than 100,000 votes were cast -- Lone Ranger Heroes was selected as the new moniker.

“This is the beginning of a new chapter in the Mavericks’ long legacy in China,” said Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. “With this Chinese name change, we’ve made history by giving our Chinese-speaking fans the opportunity to redefine our identity. I think that fans will be proud of this new name.”

The team posted an intense video on their page showcasing the new name -- and how to say it properly. See it here.

Over the years the Mavericks have cultivated a good relationship NBA fans in China. The team was the first to draft a Chinese-born player, Wang Zhizhi in 1999, and the team continues to engage with NBA fans in the country via social media, content and events.

You can find the Mavericks on Weibo here.



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<![CDATA[Curry's Late 3 Lifts Warriors Over Competitive Mavericks]]>Wed, 03 Jan 2018 22:41:27 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-901025094.jpg

Stephen Curry hit a long 3-pointer with three seconds to play, sending the Golden State Warriors to a 125-122 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Curry finished with 32 points as Golden State's "Big Four" combined for 100 points -- and the Warriors needed every one of them against a Mavericks team that had won four straight.

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson had 25 points each, and Draymond Green added 18 to go with 10 rebounds.

Wesley Matthews led the Mavericks with 22 points, including seven 3-pointers, and Dwight Powell tied his career high with 21.

Dallas, playing from behind most of the game, wouldn't go away and erased a 12-point deficit with 4:32 to play, tying the score at 120 on Harrison Barnes' jumper with 39.9 seconds left.

Thompson and Barnes traded inside baskets before the Warriors got the ball back with 12 seconds to go. Curry took the inbounds pass and never gave it up, crossing over his dribble to shake a defender and hitting nothing but net.

A long heave by Dennis Smith Jr. at the buzzer was way off.

The Mavericks, who despite their 13-26 record have won or played close against most of the NBA's best teams, had lost their previous two meetings with the Warriors by a combined 45 points.

This time, Dallas fought back from deficits of 12 in the first half and nine in the third quarter, taking a lead at 84-83 on Devin Harris' 3-pointer with 3:40 to play in the period.

Patrick McCaw's layup just before the buzzer gave Golden State a 91-89 edge entering the fourth, and Green opened the final quarter with a three-point play as the Warriors rebuilt their lead to double digits before the final Mavs rally.

Golden State extended its road winning streak to eight games. The Warriors haven't lost away from Oracle Arena since before Thanksgiving.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Played without Andre Iguodala (back and hip strain) and Omri Casspi (back strain). Casspi's injury occurred during shootaround on Wednesday morning. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Iguodala would likely play Thursday at Houston. ... Thompson's second-quarter 3 marked the 92nd straight game in which he's made at least one, the third-longest streak in NBA history. ... Golden State has won nine in a row and 16 of 17 in the series.

Mavericks: Reserve center Nerlens Noel had his cast removed Tuesday following left thumb surgery on Dec. 8. Noel hasn't played since Nov. 22 and has scored just 72 points in 18 games for the team.

UP NEXT

Warriors: At Houston on Thursday in a matchup between the West's top teams. The Rockets beat the Warriors 122-121 on opening night in Oakland.

Mavericks: Host Chicago on Friday. The Mavericks have won four straight against the Bulls.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Barnes Leads Mavericks Past Thunder for 4th Straight Win]]>Mon, 01 Jan 2018 02:35:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/167*120/AP_18001046620715.jpg

Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. made the plays down the stretch in a point guard matchup otherwise dominated by Thunder star Russell Westbrook.

Smith scored 11 of his 19 points in the final 1:39 and Dallas closed 2017 with its season-best fourth straight win, beating Oklahoma City 116-113 on Sunday night.

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 13 for Dallas, which had lost four straight in Oklahoma City and seven of nine overall against the Thunder.

"He was great tonight," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said of Smith. "He finished the game with a couple of big baskets, some big free throws. Look, it was an up-and-down night, there was a lot going on. ... He went through some situations that were very difficult but he kept his energy up, he kept his head up, he kept attacking and he kept encouraging everybody in the huddles during timeouts, too."

Dallas won despite Westbrook recording his 12th triple-double of the season with 38 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists. The Thunder had been 11-3 in December before consecutive home losses to Milwaukee and Dallas to end the month.

Paul George scored 25 points and Carmelo Anthony had 21 for Oklahoma City, combining to go 8 of 14 from 3-point range. Despite their hot shooting, Westbrook took the big shots late for OKC and missed a trio of 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds. He was 0 for 4 from deep for the game and was mostly curt with reporters afterward.

"We just didn't get the stops we needed to," he said.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Smith -- the second one banked in -- put the Mavericks up 111-108 with 1:17 left. Smith hit a driving layup with 30.4 seconds left to give Dallas a 113-110 lead, then rebounded a 3-point miss by Westbrook at the other end and made two free throws with 15.8 seconds left.

"I just saw an open shot and I took it, so I was like with the next one, I'm going to take it as well and they started to fall," Smith said. "It might have been around the five-minute mark or somewhere around there that I realized it was time for me to get it going."

George made three free throws with 12.7 seconds left to pull the Thunder within 115-113, and then Smith made 1 of 2 free throws with 11.8 seconds left. Westbrook missed two more 3-point attempts in the final seconds.

TIP-INS:

Mavericks: Josh McRoberts was in uniform for the first time this season but didn't play. The veteran forward-center hasn't appeared in a NBA game since Dec. 23, 2016 for Miami, after which he dealt with a stress fracture in his left foot. ... Carlisle moved into a tie with John MacLeod for 17th on the NBA coaching wins list with his 707th career victory. ... Yogi Ferrell was called for a technical foul by official Marc Davis between the third and fourth quarters.

Thunder: Starting guard and defensive ace Andre Roberson sat out with patellar tendonitis. Josh Huestis made his first career start in Roberson's place. ... George, who sat our Friday's game with left knee soreness, said his knee felt fine after Sunday's game . Oklahoma City is 8-2 in New Year's Eve games. The Thunder have hosted a Dec. 31 game in all 10 seasons the franchise has been in Oklahoma City. ... Westbrook has 91 career triple-doubles, fourth-best in NBA history.

PATTERSON FINED

The NBA fined Thunder forward Patrick Patterson $10,000 on Sunday for public criticism of officiating on his Twitter account. The fine was announced by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA's executive vice president for basketball operations.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Begin a four-game homestand Wednesday night against Golden State.

Thunder: Face back-to-back games in Los Angeles, against the Lakers on Wednesday night and the Clippers on Thursday night.



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<![CDATA[Dennis Smith Jr. Has Triple-Double, Mavs Beat Pelicans]]>Fri, 29 Dec 2017 21:55:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-899635066.jpg

Dennis Smith Jr. had his first career triple-double and the Dallas Mavericks made a franchise-record 22 3-pointers in a 128-120 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

Smith had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He was 5 of 7 from 3-point range and 8 of 12 overall. Wesley Matthews made 4 of 7 3-pointers and scored 18 points, and Devin Harris hit 5 of 7 3-pointers and added 17 points to help Dallas win three consecutive game for the first time this season. Dwight Powell scored 15 points, J.J. Barea had 14 and Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki 13 each.

Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 33 points. DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and 20 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 23 points, and E'Twaun Moore had 16.

The Mavericks made 13 of 18 3-pointers as they built a 17-point halftime lead.

Holiday led a New Orleans push late in the third quarter, scoring seven of the Pelicans' last 11 points in the period. That cut the Mavericks lead to 109-101 after three quarters even though Dallas already had tied the franchise record for 3-pointers in a game (19).

Holiday made two free throws to cut the deficit to six at the outset of the fourth quarter, but Yogi Ferrell made the record-breaking 20th 3-pointer to give the Mavericks a 118-107 lead midway through the fourth.

Davis scored six consecutive points as New Orleans got within 118-115 with 3:38 left.

Nowitzki and Davis each made two free throws before Barea made consecutive 3-pointers to give Dallas a 126-117 lead with 1:57 left.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dallas had its highest-scoring first half of the season. ... The Mavericks' bench outscored the Pelicans' backups 60-10. ...

Pelicans: The Pelicans' longest winning streak of the season ended at three for the third time. ... New Orleans had won four of the last five meetings in the Smoothie King Center. ... G Rajon Rondo came off a game in which he had a career-high 25 assists against Brooklyn and finished with eight assists.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At Oklahoma City on Sunday night.

Pelicans: Host New York on Saturday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Nowitzki, Mavericks Beat Pacers to End Eight-Game Road Skid]]>Wed, 27 Dec 2017 21:55:28 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-899148592.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki scored 15 points, Harrison Barnes made the tiebreaking free throw with 37.7 seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks snapped an eight-game road losing streak with a 98-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

Nowitzki, the franchise's career leading scorer in his 20th season, scored six points in the final quarter to help the Mavericks rally for their third win in 17 road games.

Barnes and Yogi Ferrell each scored 13 points. Ferrell, an Indianapolis native, hit a key 3-pointer to take a four-point lead with 2:09 remaining.

Lance Stephenson, Myles Turner and Darren Collison had 16 points apiece for the Pacers, who played without injured leading scorer Victor Oladipo for the first time and struggled down the stretch. Stephenson's layup tied it at 94, but he committed a costly turnover on the Pacers' next possession with 28 seconds remaining that the Mavericks converted into an uncontested layup.

The Mavericks rallied from an early seven-point deficit as reserve center Dwight Powell scored 11 first-half points. The visitors led for much of the third quarter before the Pacers surged behind Bojan Bogdanovic and Turner to take a 74-71 lead entering the final quarter.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Nowitzki is expected to make his 14,000th start Friday. He's sixth on the all-time wins list at 885 and is 14 free throws behind Hall of Famer Jerry West for sixth on that list. . Nine of the Mavs' 10 wins have come when they've limited an opponent to fewer than 100 points. Half of those wins have been by margins of 15 points or more. Dallas had just six such wins last season.

Pacers: The NBA leaders in 3-point percentage (.387) were 10-0 at home when hitting at least 10 3-pointers and 15-3 overall, but made 10 of 25 and lost. . Reserve forward Domantas Sabonis was questionable with a sore left big toe, but played in his normal rotation. . Reserve guard Joe Young sank two 3-pointers in the first half. He had made just two in 18 previous games this season.

NO OLADIPO

Oladipo missed his first game of the season to rest a sore right knee. The league's eighth-leading scorer (24.9 ppg) scored a season-low 13 points in Tuesday's 107-83 loss at Detroit. Oladipo had started each of the Pacers' 33 games.

MOVING ON UP

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who coached the Pacers for three seasons through 2006-07, needs two wins to tie John MacLeod for 17th place on the league's career list. He has a record of 705-545, which includes 181-147 while with the Pacers. He won his 700th career game on Dec. 2.

NEXT UP

Mavericks: Visit New Orleans on Friday.

Pacers: Visit Chicago on Friday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Barea, Mavs End Another Raptors 6-Game Streak With Win]]>Tue, 26 Dec 2017 21:11:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4643404981.jpg

J.J. Barea scored 20 points, including a clinching layup in the final seconds, and the Dallas Mavericks ended another six-game winning streak by Toronto with a 98-93 victory over the Raptors on Tuesday night.

The Mavericks held DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors to season lows in shooting percentage as Toronto lost for just the second time in 14 games, with each loss coming after six straight wins.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points and fellow German Maxi Kleber had 15 points and matched his rookie season best with five blocks. Harrison Barnes had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 23 points but didn't score in the fourth quarter, while DeRozan couldn't get going at all after averaging 37 points on a three-game road winning streak that ended.

DeRozan scored eight points while shooting 19 percent (3 of 16). His previous low was 20 percent (1 of 5) in his only other single-digit game this season -- two points in a 112-78 win at Atlanta in November.

The teams combined to make just five of 31 shots in the final 8 minutes -- including two misses by Serge Ibaka with the Raptors trailing by three before Barea hit a layup with 10 seconds left after dribbling out most of the shot clock.

The Raptors (23-9) came into the game with the best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference but shot under 40 percent for the first time this season.

Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto, and Ibaka added 12 points and 12 boards.

Barea scored the first six points and hit a capping 3-pointer on a 17-0 run that put the Mavericks in front 83-73 late in the third quarter.

TIP-INS

Raptors: G/F C.J. Miles, a former Dallas high school player, hit a 3 in 10 minutes after missing three games because of a dental procedure. ... Coach Dwane Casey said C Lucas Nogueira was available after missing 11 games with a right calf injury, but he didn't play.

Mavericks: Barea got a second-quarter technical between free throws by Lowry for complaining that the call was a shooting foul. The technical came when Barea shouted an expletive as he left the floor to be replaced by Devin Harris. ... Kleber also tied his season in rebounds with eight.

THE OTHER GERMAN

Kleber, also from Nowitzki's hometown of Wurzburg, Germany, matched Barnes for the team high with 13 points in the first half. It was capped by an alley-oop dunk when Yogi Ferrell grabbed a defensive rebound with 6 seconds left, raced the length of the court and tossed it to Kleber for the slam with a couple of seconds to spare.

GERMAN BLOCKADE

Kleber (four blocks) and Nowitzki (three) combined for seven blocks in the first half. It was already a season high for Nowitzki, and Kleber matched his season best early in the third quarter. The Mavericks had a season-high 11 blocks.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Second night of back-to-back at Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

Mavericks: Also on back-to-back at Indiana on Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Schroder Scores 33, Hits Big 3 as Hawks Beat Mavericks]]>Sat, 23 Dec 2017 22:43:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/161*120/GettyImages-897860446.jpg

Dennis Schroder matched his career high with 33 points, including 27 in the second half, to help the Atlanta Hawks beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-107 on Saturday night in a matchup of last-place teams.

After missing Friday night's loss at Oklahoma City with a sprained ankle, Schroder hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:21 left to put Atlanta ahead 110-107.

Ersan Ilyasova added 19 points and seven rebounds for the Hawks (8-25), who got 13 points off the bench from rookie John Collins and won for just the second time in eight games.

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks (9-25) with 22 points. Dirk Nowitzki scored 18, and J.J. Barea had 15 points and 12 assists off the bench as Dallas lost for the eighth time in 10 games.

The Mavericks led 53-48 at halftime before Schroder warmed up in the third quarter with 12 points to help Atlanta take a 10-point lead.

Dallas countered several times and tied the game on a 3-pointer by Barea with 2:28 remaining. The Mavericks scored just two points the rest of the way.

Atlanta, which opened the season with a 117-111 victory in Dallas, completed a two-game sweep of the season series.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Wesley Matthews, who leads the team in 3-pointers with 79, didn't hit one until there was 7:28 left in the third quarter. Dallas was just 9 for 33 from beyond the arc after making 17 of 35 in Friday's 113-101 loss at Miami. Matthews went 1 for 7. ... Dallas is 1-5 in the second game of back-to-backs.

Hawks: Collins went 6 for 9 and has shot at least 50 percent from the field in 14 consecutive games, stretching his franchise rookie record beyond Stacey Augmon's 11 straight games in 1991-92. The first-round draft pick from Wake Forest scored 10 points in the first half. ... One night after scoring a season-high 27 points in his first start of the season, Marco Belinelli was scoreless in the first half off the bench and finished with two points. ... Malcolm Delaney also set a season high Friday with 20 points. He had seven on Saturday. ... Atlanta is 1-7 in the second game of back-to-backs.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

Hawks: Host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Ellington Ties Career-Best With 28, Heat Top Mavs]]>Fri, 22 Dec 2017 21:35:46 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-501164856.jpg

Wayne Ellington tied a career high with 28 points, Josh Richardson scored 24 and the injury-ravaged Miami Heat never trailed on the way to beating the Dallas Mavericks 113-101 on Friday night.

Tyler Johnson scored 19 and Bam Adebayo scored 14 for Miami, which shot 64 percent -- second-best in franchise history. The Heat started both halves with 12-0 runs and went 16 for 25 from 3-point range.

Ellington made 3s on back-to-back possessions early in the fourth, pushing what was a two-point Heat lead out to 90-82. He connected on his seventh 3 with about four minutes left for a 99-88 lead, and Miami stayed in control the rest of the way.

Richardson made 11 of 14 shots for Miami, which has won four of its last five.

Yogi Ferrell scored a season-high 23 for the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes each had 20 for Dallas, which got outrebounded 35-22. The 22 rebounds were the fewest by an NBA team this season.

Miami guard Dion Waiters left in the first quarter after turning his long-problematic left ankle on a drive, meaning the Heat now have seven players dealing with injuries. Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, James Johnson and Justise Winslow all remained out with various injuries, Rodney McGruder and Okaro White are likely not returning anytime soon, and now Waiters is ailing again.

Waiters missed the final 13 games of last season with a left ankle sprain, and it's nagged him at times ever since.

Nowitzki made back-to-back 3s late in the third, pulling Dallas within 77-73. The Mavs had two possessions with a chance to take the lead in the fourth, misfiring on both, and Miami scored 31 points in the final 8 1/2 minutes.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Devin Harris played only eight minutes before leaving with an illness. ... Dallas was denied a two-game winning streak, which would have matched a season best. The Mavs are 2-7 in the game immediately following a win.

Heat: Adebayo, who was 1 when Nowitzki made his NBA debut, spent some time guarding the longtime Dallas star. Adebayo was plus-28 in 37 minutes. ... Kelly Olynyk scored 11 for Miami.

ALL TIED UP

Including two NBA Finals matchups, the Heat and Mavericks have now played 74 times -- with each team winning 37 of them.

UD-DIRK MEMORIES

Nowitzki and Heat forward Udonis Haslem have been going head-to-head for more than a decade -- since the 2006 NBA Finals, at least, and the respect the veterans have for one another is clear. They shared some pleasantries before tip-off Friday, and then found themselves guarding one another briefly during the game.

MCROBERTS REPORT

Josh McRoberts, whose Miami tenure was marked primarily by injuries, still hasn't played for Dallas because of foot problems. Saturday is the one-year anniversary of his last NBA appearance, though he did play 5-on-5 earlier this week against some Mavericks interns. "He's been a great guy to have around our club," said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who thinks McRoberts may be ready to play in a few weeks.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Visit Atlanta on Saturday.

Heat: Host New Orleans on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Romo, Miles Austin Catch-Up Courtside at Mavs Game]]>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:00:45 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/romo-austin-1513830325-NS_20MAVSpistons21.jpg

Former Dallas Cowboys players Miles Austin and Tony Romo were spotted courtside during the Mavs-Pistons game Wednesday night.

While playing for the Cowboys from 2006 until 2013, Austin was a favorite target for Romo. After leaving Dallas, Austin played for one season in Cleveland and another with the Eagles before retiring after the 2015 season.

Romo, of course retired earlier this year and is wrapping up his first year as a broadcaster for CBS Sports. He was recently honored by SI as the Media Person of the Year.

The former quarterback is a big basketball fan and was honored by the Mavs during their final regular season game earlier this year where Romo got to have some fun during the shootaround.

Wednesday night, the Dallas Mavericks soundly defeated the Detroit Pistons 110-93 behind Harrison Barnes' 25 points and rookie Dennis Smith Jr's 15 points.

See more photos of the game from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA['Uncle Dirk' is the Best Story You'll Read Today]]>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:03:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-childrens-visit-02.jpg

A few days ago Dirk Nowitzki quietly continued his decade-plus tradition of visiting sick kids hospitalized at Children's Medical Center Dallas.

Last December, Uncle Dirk, as he's come to be known at Children's, graciously allowed me to shadow him during his visit. The idea was to shine a light on the brave kids, their families, the miracle workers at Children's by sharing a story that never had been told.

Uncle Dirk.

I knew my tagging along was a one-time thing, though. Because if we know one thing about Dirk Nowitzki beyond his greatness as a basketball player, it's that he prefers his numerous off-the-court deeds to remain private.

Read more about this year's visit and Dirk's history of visiting the children's hospital from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Barnes Scores 25, Mavs Top Pistons in Smith's Return]]>Wed, 20 Dec 2017 22:22:59 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-882886848.jpg

Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 15 points and five assists in his return from a hip injury and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 110-93 Wednesday night.

The Mavericks, last in the Western Conference, won for just the second time in eight games while ending a three-game Detroit winning streak that followed seven straight losses by the Pistons.

Anthony Tolliver led Detroit with a season-high 18 points, going 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Stanley Johnson also had a season high with 16 points, and Andre Drummond had 11 points and 13 rebounds while battling foul trouble.

The Mavericks shot 79 percent (15 of 19) in the second quarter for their highest-scoring quarter (43) and half (65) of the season, taking a 12-point lead after trailing by nine in the first quarter.

The problem was offense for Detroit in the third, with the Pistons going seven minutes without a field goal and shooting 22 percent (4 of 18) after holding Dallas scoreless the first 3 1/2 minutes of the quarter.

Smith capped a 17-4 finishing run in the first half with a 3-pointer and a three-point play when he faked Reggie Jackson with a spin, hit a jumper and was fouled as Jackson scrambled back to him.

The 20-year-old Smith, drafted ninth overall, missed six games, and the Mavs lost five of them. He was 5 of 10 from the field with five rebounds while Jackson, a six-year veteran, had six points on 3-of-9 shooting. Jackson had five assists.

Barnes was 8 of 15 from the field, 3 of 5 from long range and made all six of his free throws while leading Dallas with seven rebounds.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 points, including a 3-pointer for Dallas' biggest lead to that point, a 23-point edge (92-69) early in the fourth quarter. J.J. Barea had one of his game-high seven assists on the bucket.

Tobias Harris, Detroit's leading scorer, scored 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting, missing all four shots from 3.

TIP-INS

Pistons: Drummond had nine rebounds in 17 minutes at halftime, leaving with 3 1/2 minutes left with his third foul. He picked up his fourth and went back to the bench with seven minutes left the third. ... Ish Smith scored 15 points, two shy of his season high.

Mavericks: G Kyle Collinsworth scored his first NBA points on a 3 in his debut a day after signing a two-way contract. ... C Salah Mejri was called for goaltending twice in the first half. The first was obvious since the ball had already hit the rim. The second was debatable. Mejri had four blocks.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Home against the Knicks on Friday night.

Mavericks: At Miami on Friday night to start a stretch of five of six on the road.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Potty-Mouthed Ex-Maverick Says Toilet Stolen From Home]]>Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:12:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-468969654.jpg

Former Dallas Mavericks player Charie Villanueva says someone broke into his house and stole several items, including a toilet.

The potty-mouthed former Mav unleashed a series of tweets about the break in Tuesday night. One of them included a picture of his bathroom, sans toilet with some coarse language.

"Damn my home in Dallas was just burglarized, called the cops and still waiting on @DallasPD to make a report. FYI it's been 2hrs since I called," Villanueva wrote.

Hours later, Villanueva said he still hadn't heard from police. But word quickly spread on social media — the picture had more than 2,000 retweets by Wednesday morning.

"I'm still in shock of all the things they stole," he wrote. "But the one that stand out the most is a toilet...wow."

Another Twitter user created the handle "Stolen Toilet" and responded to one of his tweets by asking: "Charlie are u looking for me?"

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<![CDATA[Len, Suns Complete Comeback Win Against Mavericks]]>Mon, 18 Dec 2017 22:41:29 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-866809444.jpg

Alex Len had 14 points and 14 rebounds to help the Phoenix Suns rally past the Dallas Mavericks 97-91 on Monday night for their second consecutive comeback victory.

TJ Warren scored 19 points and Isaiah Canaan added 17 as Phoenix (11-21) improved to 2-0 on a three-game road trip despite playing without injured guard Devin Booker.

Dallas (8-23) lost its third straight game and has one win in its last seven.

Harrison Barnes had 26 points and Devin Harris added 14 for Dallas. Yogi Ferrell and Wesley Matthews each scored 13.

Phoenix came from behind and won the game in the fourth quarter.

After the Suns had trailed for the entire second half, Canaan tied it 79-all on a 3-pointer with 7:29 remaining. Len gave Phoenix its first lead since the second quarter on a pair of free throws.

Phoenix led by as many as eight in the fourth quarter, 89-81, but didn't seal the victory until Warren made one of two free throws with 11.4 seconds remaining and knocked down two more with 5.6 seconds left,

The Suns erased a 15-point deficit Saturday in a 108-106 win against Minnesota.

It was the second consecutive game in which Dallas let a fourth-quarter lead slip away. San Antonio went on a 13-0 run Saturday over the final 4:11, including a game-winning basket by Manu Ginobili for a 98-96 victory.

TIP-INS

Suns: Booker missed his sixth game with a left adductor strain. ... Tyson Chandler was the starting center on the Mavericks' 2011 NBA championship team.

Mavericks: Rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. missed his sixth straight game with a left hip strain. ... Dirk Nowitzki made his 1,828th career 3-pointer, passing Kobe Bryant for 13th in NBA history. Chauncey Billups ranks 12th with 1,830.

UP NEXT

Suns: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

Mavericks: Host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Spurs Close on 13-0 Run to Rally Past Mavericks, 98-96]]>Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:13:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/154565903-basketball-generic.jpg

LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 14 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs scored the final 13 points of the game, rallying for a 98-96 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

Maxi Kleber had 21 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 19 for Dallas in the final regular season matchup between the Southwest Division rivals.

Kleber's 3-pointer gave Dallas a 96-85 lead with 4:11 remaining, but the Spurs held them scoreless the remainder of the game.

Aldridge's fall-away, 11-foot jumper tied the game at 96 with 23.4 seconds remaining and Manu Ginobili's driving layup with 3.1 seconds was the game-winning shot.

Aldridge had his 12th double-double of the season to help offset the absences of starters Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green.

Coming off a 15-point blowout in Houston on Friday night, San Antonio was able to avoid its third straight loss.

The Spurs missed their first five shots, all short jumpers from Aldridge and Pau Gasol, on their way to shooting 30 percent in the opening quarter.

The Mavericks took advantage, charging to a 31-18 lead.

San Antonio's reserves reversed the team's fortunes in the third quarter.

Davis Bertans finished with 13 points and Ginobili added 12 off the bench.

The Spurs closed within 72-68 after trailing by as many as 16 points to help set up the late-game heroics.

Dallas was without five players, including rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr.

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<![CDATA[Durant Leads Warriors Past Mavericks for Eighth Straight Win]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:43 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/durant-postgame-warriors.jpg

After his brilliant game, Omri Casspi returned to the court to sing a Hanukkah prayer along with hundreds of fans and then took his turn lighting the large menorah on night three of the festival of lights -- and on Jewish Heritage Night at Oracle Arena.

A veteran forward from Israel, Casspi earned another start for the injury-plagued defending champions and posted his 17th career double-double with season bests of 17 points and 11 rebounds, helping send the Golden State Warriors past the Dallas Mavericks 112-97 on Thursday for their eighth straight win.

"My family's in town always for Hanukkah, so it's always fun to have family around," he said, adding of his role, "Same mindset, just play hard. I want to stay sharp, stay ready whenever I'm called upon."

Kevin Durant led the way for the Warriors with 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Klay Thompson scored 25 points, making all five of his 3-pointers and shooting 10 for 18 overall as the Warriors pulled away in the third quarter.

The Warriors are still down three starters in Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia, while Nick Young joined the sidelined group with a concussion sustained in Monday night's win over Portland.

Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Harrison Barnes added 16 points and seven boards against his former team.

"They're a talented team and we let a few miscommunications let them get a run going, and we just couldn't really stop them," Barnes said.

Golden State rookie Jordan Bell provided an all-around solid performance in his fourth career start with eight points, a season-best eight assists, six rebounds and two steals.

Durant also blocked two shots in his fourth 30-point game of the season and third in the last four. Golden State won its 10th in a row against the Mavericks at Oracle Arena and eighth consecutive in the series overall.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: After allowing 40 first-quarter points to the Warriors in the first meeting Oct. 23, the Mavericks led 28-24 after the opening period and were tied 48-all at the break. ... Dallas converted the first 14 of Golden State's 16 turnovers into 18 points.

Warriors: Casspi scored in double figures for the seventh time this season. ... Andre Iguodala dished out a season-best 10 assists, the first time he's reached double digits since Dec. 29, 2013. ... Curry is expected to have his sprained right ankle re-evaluated next week, while Green and Pachulia are dealing with sore shoulders. ... AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, from California's Central Valley, was in attendance and is thrilled to get going alongside new slugging teammate Giancarlo Stanton .

ONE MORE FOR NOWITZKI?

Rick Carlisle is crossing his fingers he will be coaching Nowitzki another season in Dallas.

Nowitzki seems set on it, too.

"I'm not going to say 100 percent I'll be back, but it's looking like it," he told the Dallas Morning News after Thursday's morning shootaround.

Carlisle has heard hints that's how his big man is leaning.

"This is kind of what he has been saying all along," Carlisle said. "We're about a third of the way through, and he is feeling good, which is great. I'm hoping like crazy that he plays another year because having him here is one of the really special experiences in coaching. As far as the message it sends to the other guys, it's pretty clear that if you want to be as good as you possibly can be in this league, do what this guy does on a day-to-day basis -- everything from diet and nutrition to taking care of your body to doing everything possible to keep your skill level where it needs to be. He's impeccable, the best I've ever seen."

OUCH!

Sitting courtside, Peggy Mizono took a third-quarter bad pass by the Mavericks to the left eye and face area. She appreciated Durant and Bell checking on her, and KD even kissed Mizono's cheek. Warriors owner Joe Lacob and athletic trainer Chelsea Lane each delivered ice bags.

"That hurts, I don't care who you are," Thompson said. "It doesn't feel good when a basketball comes at your head."

"That's awesome," coach Steve Kerr said of his players' care.

Durant also kissed a woman in Oklahoma City in November 2012 when his own errant pass hit her in the forehead.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At San Antonio on Saturday.

Warriors: At Lakers on Monday in their only road game the rest of the year.

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<![CDATA[Dirk Says He May Return Next Season]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:22:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887255278.jpg

Losing is no fun for Dirk Nowitzki. But waking up and going to the gym still is.  Razzing teammates in the locker room? Still is. Heck, even watching film? Still is.

While the losses have mounted in a season that has been hard to watch at times, but promising at other moments, Nowitzki opened up on Thursday and said that the 8-20 record going into Thursday’s game at Golden State has not dampened his enthusiasm.

Not for this season. Or next season.

“I’m not going to say 100 percent I’ll be back -- but it’s looking like it,” Nowitzki said after the Mavericks had a morning walk-through at the Olympic Club in downtown San Francisco.

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<![CDATA[Barea, Mavs Spoil Leonard's Return With Win Over Spurs]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:08:49 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-891258124.jpg

J.J. Barea scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and the Dallas Mavericks spoiled the season debut of San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard, beating the Spurs 95-89 on Tuesday night.

Leonard missed the first 27 games because of right quadriceps tendinopathy, a condition that causes pain and weakness in the knee. He wasn't around in the fourth quarter when Barea finished a rally that he started by scoring eight points in the final 1:49 of the third.

Harrison Barnes scored 17 points while Yogi Ferrell and Wesley Mathews had 16 apiece as the Mavericks ended a five-game losing streak at home to the Spurs, who had a four-game winning streak stopped for the third time this season.

Barea led the Mavericks with six assists, teaming up with alley-oop dunk partner Dwight Powell a couple of times as Powell finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Rudy Gay scored 21 for the Spurs, who shot 29 percent while getting outscored 28-20 in the fourth quarter.

Leonard, who had 13 points, went to the locker room late in the third quarter, with no immediate word on whether he had hit the unspecified minutes restriction coach Gregg Popovich said would be in place. He played 16 minutes, roughly the first 5 minutes in each of the first three quarters.

The Spurs called a timeout before subbing him out the final time, after he had tipped a loose ball a couple of times to keep an offensive rebound alive and hit a short jumper. He had six rebounds, an assist and a block.

Leonard made his first three shots and scored six of San Antonio's first eight points.

San Antonio has had a similar minutes restriction on guard Tony Parker, who played more than 20 minutes for the first time in seven games since returning from surgery for a ruptured quadriceps tendon.

The 35-year-old Parker had six points on 3-of-9 shooting as the Spurs lost for the first time with him in the lineup. Parker has skipped two games since returning.

TIP-INS

Spurs: Bryn Forbes banked in a 3-pointer over Dirk Nowitzki at the first-half buzzer to get the Spurs within 46-44. ... Aldridge, Gay and Leonard were the only Spurs in double figures. Patty Mills was next with eight. ... C Pau Gasol went scoreless on just two shots with nine rebounds.

Mavericks: Rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr. missed his third straight game with a left hip strain and won't play on the upcoming two-game road trip. ... Nowitzki was 1 of 8 from the field and finished with six points.

UP NEXT

Spurs: At Houston on Friday before the final matchup with Dallas this season on Saturday.

Mavericks: At Golden State on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Timberwolves Hold Off Mavericks]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:42:28 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887255278.jpg

After alternating wins and losses over the previous 10 games, the Minnesota Timberwolves were simply satisfied to pull out a victory against the Mavericks that stopped the back-and-forth swing.

Dallas lamented missed opportunities and a chance to continue its improved play of late.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points, Jimmy Butler scored 10 of his 22 in the fourth quarter and Minnesota held on for a 97-92 win Sunday night.

"Just win, win the game," Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Dallas has played well. If you watch their games, you would know how tough they've been playing. So I knew it was going to be a hard-fought game."

Towns added 12 rebounds, including four on the offensive end, for his NBA-leading 21st double-double of the season. Minnesota committed 18 turnovers but hit four free throws at the end to pull away in a game in which no team led by more than six points.

Jamal Crawford had 16 points off the bench for the Timberwolves (16-11), who won back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 15-17.

"They're not always going to be pretty wins," Crawford said. "When you go through tough stretches and still find a way to win, I think that says a lot about your group."

Harrison Barnes scored 19 and Maxi Kleber tied a career high with 16 points for Dallas, which has lost three in a row. The Mavericks, who had won four of six before the skid, shot 41 percent in the second half despite going 8 of 19 on 3-pointers.

"We can't complain with the shots," Barnes said. "We had layups, we had open 3s, open 2s. Our shots didn't fall. From an execution standpoint we did everything we're supposed to do."

J.J. Barea sparked Dallas with 14 of his 16 in the second half, including a driving bank shot with two minutes left to give the Mavericks their final lead at 90-89. Butler followed with a turnaround jumper to put Minnesota back in front.

Barea added a pair of free throws with 24.9 seconds left to pull Dallas to 93-92. But Crawford and Taj Gibson each hit a pair of free throws to secure the victory for Minnesota, its third in the past four games.

"The best part is we found a way to win, so we'll take the positives as they are," Towns said.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki played his 65th regular-season game against Minnesota, the most for any player. Nowitzki scored 10 points in 25:22. It was the 1,421st game of his career, leaving him three behind Kevin Willis for sixth on the NBA's all-time list. ... Six players scored in double figures for Dallas. ... Antonius Cleveland was the first player off the bench for the Mavericks and played a career-high 17:51. He helped hold Andrew Wiggins to 1-of-9 shooting early.

Timberwolves: Reserve F Nemanja Bjelica missed his ninth straight game with a left mid-foot sprain. ... Minnesota opened a five-game homestand. The Wolves are 13-5 at home this season, including 7-0 against Western Conference teams. ... Wiggins came through with two big buckets late in the fourth quarter after his slow start. He finished with 10 points. He's been held to single digits just one time this season.

NO TIMETABLE FOR SMITH

Dennis Smith Jr. missed his second straight game with a left hip strain, and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle didn't have a timeframe on when his rookie point guard might be able to return. Smith is going back to Dallas to see a doctor.

"He's getting a little better each day, but I'm not going to give you any timetables right now," Carlisle said. "Him being 100 percent healthy is the No. 1 priority. That's what's got to be our focus."

Smith, the No. 9 pick in the draft, is averaging 14.4 points and 4.0 assists per game.

SIGH OF RELIEF

Towns went down hard and was favoring his right leg before coming out with 3:04 remaining. He was checked by team trainers and returned later.

"It don't matter," Towns said. "I'll see you guys on Tuesday. The streak continues."

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Return home against San Antonio on Tuesday.

Timberwolves: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Middleton's Clutch Shooting Lifts Bucks Over Mavs]]>Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:05:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887323410.jpg

All Khris Middleton needed to get going on offense was to create a little space.

Once Middleton's first couple shots started falling, he was tough to stop, especially in front of a friendly crowd in a tight game in the fourth quarter.

Middleton scored 12 of his 31 points in the final 4:38, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied for a 109-102 win over the last-place Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

"Just got into a rhythm really. I was able to create a little space, was able to catch and shoot 3s ... find a rhythm, find an open shot," Middleton said.

Middleton finished 10 of 18 from the field, including 5 of 6 in the fourth. The 6-foot-8 forward is a tough matchup because of his length and shooting ability, especially when paired with the athletic Antetokounmpo in the frontcourt.

Eric Bledsoe added 24 points for the Bucks, who erased an 11-point deficit late in the third quarter to pick up their fifth win in six games.

The Bucks then turned up the defensive pressure during a chippy final few minutes, highlighted by Middleton's four-point play sandwiched between two Dallas turnovers.

"A lot of his points down the stretch came off situations where we weren't executing well offensively and gave them some downhill momentum," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said.

But the worst team in the Western Conference didn't wither on the road against an East contender. The Mavericks played the Bucks tough until the end, as they did in a loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

Wesley Matthews had a season-high 29 points to lead Dallas. He scored 15 in the first half on 6 of 7 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, to give the Mavericks a 54-49 lead going into the locker room.

Shooting 6 of 13 (46 percent) from beyond the arc in the half, the Mavs tried to follow a formula similar to their 32-point win over Milwaukee on Nov. 18, when they shot 19 of 38 (50 percent) from 3-point range.

This time, the Bucks answered with clutch jumpers and improved defense.

They used a 12-0 late in the third quarter sparked by two 3s from Middleton and the playmaking ability of Malcolm Brogdon to take a 77-76 lead after looking lethargic for much of the game.

"In that first half we kind of fell into the trap of them walking the ball up and kind of were just going through the motions," coach Jason Kidd said.

BACK IN TOWN

Matthews returned to the Bradley Center, which is also the home court of his alma mater, Marquette. He finished 11 of 15 from the field. It wasn't a happy homecoming after the Bucks pulled away in the fourth quarter.

STAT LINES

The teams combined for 60 foul shots, with the Bucks going 29 of 34 at the line, while the Mavericks were 22 of 26. ... Harrison Barnes added 18 points and eight rebounds for Dallas.

OFF THE BENCH

Thon Maker (eight rebounds, two blocks) and DeAndre Liggins (five rebounds, two steals) provided valuable minutes off the bench, combining with sixth man Brogdon to give the Bucks a lift during the third-quarter push.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Rookie G Dennis Smith Jr. missed the game with a strained left hip after getting hurt during Wednesday's loss to the Celtics. Dallas' first-round draft pick is also expected to miss Sunday's game at Minnesota. "We're just unlucky. He came in, slid in, landed into a cameraman and kind of took his leg out," Carlisle said. "We're hoping it's not serious."

Bucks: G Tony Snell missed the game with left knee tendinitis. G Matthew Dellavedova (left knee) appears to be getting closer to returning. He was questionable coming into Friday but was scratched before the game. The team said Snell and Dellavedova would be questionable for Saturday's game against Utah. ... G Gary Payton II replaced Snell in the starting lineup but played just 5 minutes, with Brogdon (14 points) starting the second half and playing 40 minutes overall.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Travel to Minnesota on Sunday to wrap up a three-game trip.

Bucks: Try to split the season series with Utah when they host the Jazz on Saturday.


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<![CDATA[Middleton's Clutch Shooting Lifts Bucks Over Mavs]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:36:24 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887272212.jpg

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 12 of his 31 points in the final 4:38, and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied for a 109-102 win over the last-place Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Eric Bledsoe added 24 points for the Bucks, who erased an 11-point deficit late in the third quarter to pick up their fifth win in six games.

The Bucks turned up the defensive pressure during a chippy final few minutes, highlighted by Middleton's four-point play sandwiched between two Dallas turnovers.

Middleton finished 10 of 18 from the field, including 5 of 6 in the fourth. The 6-foot-8 forward is a tough matchup because of his length and shooting ability, especially when paired with the athletic Antetokounmpo in the frontcourt.

But the worst team in the Western Conference didn't wither away on the road against an East contender. The Mavericks played the Bucks tough until the end, as they did in a loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

Wesley Matthews had a season-high 29 points to lead Dallas. He scored 15 in the first half on 6-of-7 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, to give the Mavericks a 54-49 lead going into the locker room.

Shooting 6 of 13 (46 percent) from beyond the arc in the half, the Mavs tried to follow a formula similar to their 32-point win over Milwaukee on Nov. 18, when they shot 19 of 38 (50 percent) from 3-point range.

This time, the Bucks answered with clutch jumpers and improved defense.

They used a 12-0 late in the third quarter sparked by two 3s from Middleton and the playmaking ability of Malcolm Brogdon to take a 77-76 lead after looking lethargic for much of the game.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Rookie G Dennis Smith Jr. missed the game with a strained left hip after getting hurt during Wednesday's loss to the Celtics. Dallas' first-round draft pick is also expected to miss Sunday's game at Minnesota. "We're just unlucky. He came in, slid in, landed into a cameraman and kind of took his leg out," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We're hoping it's not serious."

Bucks: G Tony Snell missed the game with left knee tendinitis. G Matthew Dellavedova (left knee) appears to be getting closer to returning. He was questionable coming into Friday but was scratched by coach Jason Kidd before the game. The team said Snell and Dellavedova would be questionable for Saturday's game against Utah. ... G Gary Payton II replaced Snell in the starting lineup but played just 5 minutes, with Brogdon (14 points) starting the second half and playing 40 minutes overall.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Travel to Minnesota on Sunday to wrap up a three-game trip.

Bucks: Try to split the season series with Utah when they host the Jazz on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Noel Out Indefinitely With Thumb Injury]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:14:00 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866434542.jpg

Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel has undergone surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, and there is no timetable for his return.

The 6-foot-11 Noel last played Nov. 22 at Memphis, but the injury wasn't revealed until before a loss at Boston on Wednesday.

He hasn't played more than 5 minutes in a game since early November.

Noel signed a one-year qualifying offer as a restricted free agent after failing to get a max contract offer from the Mavericks or any other team.

Dallas acquired him at the trading deadline last season.

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<![CDATA[Short-Handed Celtics Earn Win Over Mavericks]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 22:43:27 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887272184.jpg

The Boston Celtics are no strangers to adjusting on the fly this season.

They recovered from Gordon Hayward's injury on opening night and the early absence of Marcus Morris to reel of 16 straight victories following an 0-2 start.

That ability to bounce back was on display again to help them remain perfect against the Western Conference.

Kyrie Irving had 23 points and five assists, and Jayson Tatum added 17 points and 10 rebounds and the short-handed Celtics slipped past the Dallas Mavericks 97-90 on Wednesday night.

Boston's Al Horford finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

"In the NBA you can have afternoons like today, where all of a sudden, you're down to 11 guys, and the next man up has got to be ready," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Boston has won four straight and six of their last seven. The Celtics are 8-0 against the West.

The Celtics played without Jaylen Brown and Morris. Brown sat with an inflamed right eye, while Morris was out due to left knee soreness.

It forced Stevens to rely heavily on his reserves. They came through in the fourth, leading a 10-0 run to put Boston back in front 80-73.

Dallas fought back to tie it up at 85. But the Celtics ran off eight straight points to push their lead to 93-85 with 2 minutes to play.

"Just covering for one another. We're a team. We're pros for a reason," said Terry Rozier, who led all Celtics reserves with 12 points. "You put all that hard work in and you have to be ready."

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 19 points and seven rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki added 16 points and six rebounds.

Boston's bench outscored their Dallas counterparts 36-23 for the game.

"They have a good team, they keep coming," Nowitzki said. "I wasn't really good tonight. I didn't close the game the way I wanted to."

Dallas had just three turnovers in the opening 24 minutes and led 57-47 at the half.

The Celtics fought through periods of sloppiness offensively, committing seven turnovers in the first two quarters. They were also outscored 20-12 in the paint.

Though it's early, Horford said it feels good to be 22-4 after all they've been through.

"I'm very happy," he said. "Going into the season you never have any expectations. This is good. We want to keep building on it."

Stevens is also cautiously optimistic.

"I feel good about where we're headed," he said. "We've got a long way to go."

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Were outrebounded 53-45. ... Were outscored 34-32 in the paint.

Celtics: Stevens said both Brown and Morris are expected to be with team when it departs for three-game trip on Thursday.

QUOTABLE

"Our first half was really good. Their second half was better, and that's the game." -- Dallas coach Rick Carlisle.

WILD THIRD

The Mavericks took a 59-47 lead earlier in the third quarter. But the Celtics erased the deficit with a 15-2 run. It was part of a fast-moving quarter that saw the lead change hands eight times.

Barnes had 12 points in period for Dallas. Horford paced Boston with 10 points.

NOEL SURGERY

Carlisle announced before the game that forward Nerlens Noel will have surgery later this week in Cleveland for a torn ligament in his left thumb.

"He'll be out for several weeks," Carlisle said. "I don't know for how long."

Noel has appeared in 18 games this season, but hasn't played since Nov. 22.

DIRK'S LONGEVITY

Nowitzki hasn't said whether this will be his final NBA season at age 39. He's already tied Kobe Bryant for the most seasons spent with one franchise at 20. Another season would give him the outright record, but Carlisle said he believes it is still an open question.

"I believe it's going to depend on how he's feeling. I don't know any NBA player that wouldn't want to continue playing into oblivion," Carlisle said.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At Milwaukee on Friday.

Celtics: Begin three-game trip Friday at San Antonio.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Lead Wire-to-Wire to Beat Nuggets]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 04:58:43 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-882886848.jpg

After a tough start to the season, the Dallas Mavericks are starting to find their identity with consecutive wire-to-wire wins.

Harrison Barnes scored 22 points and Dennis Smith Jr. added 20 to lead six Mavericks in double figures as Dallas beat the short-handed Denver Nuggets 122-105 Monday night.

The Mavericks never trailed once again after beating the Clippers by 26 on Saturday. Dallas had its highest scoring game of the season and has won five of eight since starting 2-14.

"Our identity just happens to be very gritty on defense and have each other's backs, and then ball security on offense," Smith said. "If we do both of those things, we're gonna win a lot of games."

Dallas did both on Monday, building a 25-point, first-half lead as they held Denver to 35 percent shooting before the break. And the Mavs had only seven turnovers.

Will Barton led Denver with 23 points, Jamal Murray added 22 and Gary Harris had 21.

Denver played without two-thirds of its starting frontcourt as Paul Millsap (left wrist injury) and Nikola Jokic (sprained left ankle) remained out.

The Nuggets started the second half making their first six shots and got within 88-80 on Barton's 3 with 2:13 left in the third quarter. It was the first time Denver had been within single digits since trailing 16-8 early on.

"I think we had enough gas in the tank to come back, but the first quarter was such a big deficit on the road, it's going to be very tough," Murray said.

Barnes hit a long jumper to restore a 10-point lead, and Dallas maintained a double-digit lead throughout the fourth quarter.

"We shot it well. We moved it well. We had low turnovers," coach Rick Carlisle said. "There were a lot of good things."

SOLDIERING ON

Dallas held its annual Seats for Soldiers Night, where the team's season-ticket holders provide their courtside seats to more than 100 wounded U.S. service members. Former president and first lady George W. and Laura Bush were also in attendance. The Mavericks improved to 11-2 in these games since starting the tradition in 2004.

"Coming out of halftime I told some of them that I personally appreciate everything that they do," Smith said. "Their sacrifice -- some of the guys and women were missing limbs -- they made sacrifices a lot of people wouldn't make. That was a little added motivation for everybody tonight."

ROAD WOES

Denver fell to 3-8 on the road against 10-2 at home as they began a six-game road trip.

"They hit us first and we hit back too late," Murray said. "We can't afford that on the road."

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Kenneth Faried had 13 points and 11 rebounds, his fifth-straight double-figure scoring game while starting in place of Millsap. ... The Nuggets got starting forward Wilson Chandler back, but Chandler scored just four points in 27 minutes after missing the last three games with lower back pain.

Mavericks: Yogi Ferrell scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half. Other Mavs scoring in double figures: Wesley Matthews (15), Devin Harris (14) and Dwight Powell (11).

UP NEXT

Nuggets: At New Orleans on Wednesday night. Denver scored an NBA season-high 146 in beating the Pelicans on Nov. 17.

Mavericks: At Boston on Wednesday night to start a three-game trip. The Celtics beat the Mavs in overtime on Nov. 20.

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<![CDATA[DeMarre Carroll Helps Nets Beat Mavericks 109-104]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 22:18:20 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866844796.jpg

DeMarre Carroll scored 15 of his 22 points in the third quarter to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-104 on Wednesday night.

Trevor Booker had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Spencer Dinwidde added 19 points, and Caris Levert had 13.

Harrison Barnes had 17 points for Dallas, Maxi Kleber added a career-high 16, and Dwight Powell had 14.

Carroll put the Nets ahead for good at 78-76 on a 3-pointer with 2:03 remaining in the third quarter.

Brooklyn led by as much as nine points in the fourth quarter, taking a 106-97 advantage with 1:32 remaining on Joe Harris' 3-pointer. Dallas responded with a 7-0 run, cutting it to 106-104, before the Nets finally iced it with a pair of rebounds in the final 10.5 seconds.

Harris split a pair of free throws with 10.5 seconds remaining, but Brooklyn kept possession after the rebound went off a Mavericks player and out of bounds. Dinwiddie then missed a pair of free throws with 7.4 seconds left, but Booker grabbed a rebound, and Dinwiddie redeemed himself with a pair of free throws to complete the scoring with 5.2 seconds remaining.

Brooklyn struggled at the free-throw line, going 14 of 25 attempts. Dallas was 17 of 21.

TIP-INS

Nets: Dinwiddie made his eighth straight start in place of D'Angelo Russell, who sustained a knee injury Nov. 11. ... Brooklyn led 48-47 at halftime.

Mavericks: G Yogi Ferrell played 10 games for Brooklyn during the 2016-17 season before getting release and signing a contract with Dallas. Ferrell had eight points.

UP NEXT

Nets: Host Atlanta on Saturday.

Mavericks: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Aldridge Fuels Spurs Past Mavericks 115-108 in Parker's Return]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 22:15:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-862935150.jpg

LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 33 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs celebrated Tony Parker's first game of the season by beating the Dallas Mavericks 115-108 on Monday night.

Parker had six points and four assists in 14 minutes in his first appearance since tearing his right quadriceps tendon May 3 against Houston in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

The injury required surgery and led some to speculate Parker could miss significant time, if he came back at all. Instead, the 35-year-old returned quicker than expected to what he calls the "game I love."

Parker moved confidently, driving to the basket and making hard cuts to get away from defenders while primarily playing in the first half. He made his first two shots on hard drives to the basket.

On his first attempt, Parker made a quick stop under the basket and faked a layup, causing Maxi Kleber to fly past him before making an easy layup. Parker then sped past rookie Dennis Smith Jr. on the left side of the lane and threw in a floater with his right hand that elicited cheers and smiles from the Spurs bench, especially from longtime teammate Manu Ginobili.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich watched much of Parker's return on television after being ejected with 7:25 remaining in the first half. Popovich was assessed a technical foul for pointing to his eyes and screaming at official Josh Tiven after a video replay showed officials were incorrect on an out of bounds call. Popovich was ejected after storming the court and berating Tiven.

After falling behind by 13 points in the first half, the Spurs rallied behind their defense.

Danny Green leapt to steal an entry pass and fed Aldridge for an alley-oop dunk. Kyle Anderson stole the ensuing inbound pass, which led to a dunk by Pau Gasol off a feed from Parker that tied it at 58. After Harrison Barnes missed a layup, Green hit a 3-pointer to give the Spurs their first lead since late in the first quarter at 61-58.

Gasol added 25 points for the Spurs. Anderson, Green and Patty Mills each had 12 points.

Smith and Wesley Matthews each had 19 points to lead the Mavericks, who had won two straight.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dallas has made at least 10 3-pointers in 16 of 21 games this season, including 14 of 32 against San Antonio. ... Dallas will complete its four-game series against San Antonio before Christmas, with the teams scheduled to play Nov. 27, Dec. 12 and Dec. 16. ... The Mavericks have won consecutive games only once this season.

Spurs: Parker made his 1,131st career start, the most among active point guards. Houston's Chris Paul is second with 839. ... Parker said he expects Kawhi Leonard to return in "two to three weeks" from a right quadriceps injury that has kept him out all season. ... Aldridge has 20 points and 10 rebounds in seven games this season, the most in the team's first 20 contests since Tim Duncan had eight in 2009. ... San Antonio is 10-0 when scoring at least 100 points.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Brooklyn on Wednesday night attempting to extend a four-game winning streak against the Nets.

Spurs: Host Memphis on Wednesday night in the Grizzlies' first game since firing coach David Fizdale.

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<![CDATA[Thunder Stumble, Fall to the Mavericks]]>Sun, 26 Nov 2017 12:52:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-864723912.jpg

Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder didn't blow a lead this time. They barely had one.

Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 19 points, rookie Dennis Smith held his own against Westbrook on the rookie Dallas guard's 20th birthday and the suddenly surging Mavericks beat the Thunder 97-81 on Saturday night.

The Thunder fell behind for good in the first quarter a night after losing a 15-point lead in the second half of a one-point loss to Detroit that followed a dominant win over Kevin Durant and Golden State -- their only victory in the past five games.

"Everybody should be upset walking out of this locker room because you sure hate to lose," guard Raymond Felton said after the team with the Big Three of Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George fell to 8-11.

"I know I do and I'm pretty sure everybody else on this team does, so that's why you see the faces. That's why you see the looks. We're all upset, but we're the ones who got to figure it out."

Smith finished with 15 points and four assists while Westbrook had 28 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists a night after his sixth triple-double of the season.

But the star guard had just 12 points after a dominant first quarter as the Mavericks won their third in the past four games following a 2-14 start. At 5-15, Dallas still has the worst record in the Western Conference.

"We are making small gains," coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's the first time we have won two in a row. It is a little bit of momentum, and it is precious."

Anthony hit three of his four 3-pointers in the third quarter to help Oklahoma City close within 10, but got called for an offensive foul, his fourth, and then traveling the next time down. Yogi Ferrell's 3-pointer after the travel put Dallas up 70-53.

Anthony finished with 16 points after sitting the entire fourth quarter, while George also sat the fourth and finished with just two points on 1-of-12 shooting with a game-high 10 assists for the Thunder, who shot 36 percent.

It was the fewest points for George since the finale in 2014-15, when he missed all but the final six games after breaking his right leg with Team USA the previous summer.

Nowitzki, the 39-year-old in his 20th season, hit his season high on a 3-pointer that gave the Mavericks their biggest lead at 26, 83-57, early in the fourth quarter. J.J. Barea had one of his six assists on that 3 as Dallas finished with 25 on 37 baskets.

Harrison Barnes had 12 points and 12 rebounds in Dallas' first game since he banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer off an inbounds pass with 0.5 seconds left, giving the Mavericks a 95-94 win in Memphis.

TIP-INS

Thunder: Held to 13 points in the second quarter, fewest in any quarter this season. The previous low was 14 in the second quarter of a 96-87 loss to Utah on Oct. 21. ... The Thunder were outscored 53-31 in the second and third quarters, shooting 28 percent (11 of 39).

Mavericks: Nowitzki had a strange three-point play in the second quarter. Jerami Grant was given a technical for grabbing the rim when Nowitzki hit a layup. There was contact, and the Mavericks thought Nowitzki was fouled and would get three free throws. He made the one he got. ... The Mavericks weathered a 5-minute scoreless drought in the fourth quarter, with Ferrell hitting a 3 to get the lead back to 18.

WHERE'S THE HELP

Grant's two free throws with 50 seconds left in the third quarter were the first points by someone other than Westbrook or Anthony since a bucket by Steven Adams with 5:20 left in the second. Westbrook and Anthony were the only double-figure scorers, followed by Grant with nine.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Smith said he didn't notice he was facing Westbrook on his 20th birthday until he had to start planning what family might be around for the occasion. The ninth overall pick in the draft, Smith has drawn comparisons to Westbrook. "I don't really try to compare myself," Smith said.

UP NEXT

Thunder: At Orlando on Wednesday, with the first of two three-day breaks this season. That's their longest outside the All-Star break.

Mavericks: At San Antonio on Monday, the second of four in a season series that will be finished nine days before Christmas.

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<![CDATA[Barnes' 30-Footer at the Horn Lifts Mavs Over Grizzlies]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:52:43 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MavericksAP_17327134581338.jpg

Nathan MacKinnon had three assists, including one off a faceoff with a second remaining in the second period, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Wednesday night to remain nearly unbeatable at home.

Erik Johnson, Nail Yakupov and Gabriel Landeskog all scored off feeds from MacKinnon. Jonathan Bernier, starting in place of an ailing Semyon Varlamov, made 28 saves for his 15th career shutout and second against the Stars.

Bernier preserved the shutout with several key stops, including a kick save that turned away a shot by Jamie Benn in the third period.

Colorado improved to 7-1-1 at home and 7-1-0 at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche's overtime loss Nov. 10 to the Ottawa Senators in Sweden officially counted as a home game for Colorado.

Ahead 1-0, the Avalanche tacked on another goal in a remarkable sequence near the end of the second period. MacKinnon won the faceoff with Benn, gettting the puck out to Yakupov, who was alone between the circles. Yakupov got off a powerful slap shot that rocketed past goalie Ben Bishop and into the net with a fraction of a second to spare.

Colorado added one more goal early in the third when MacKinnon picked up the puck behind the net and passed it out to Landeskog, who knocked it in as he skated across the slot.

After a scoreless first period, MacKinnon led a rush down the ice and dished the puck to Johnson, who wristed a shot from the bottom of the right circle that slid benath Bishop's pads at 3:02 of the second.

NOTES: MacKinnon leads the Avalanche in points (25) and assists (18). ... Varlamov missed a second consecutive game because of illness. The Avalanche recalled G Andrew Hammond from Belleville of the AHL to serve as the backup goalie while Varlamov recovers. ... Dallas C Martin Hanzal remains day to day with a hand injury. ... Dallas G Mike McKenna was active as the backup to Bishop, with G Kari Lehtonen excused from the game due to personal reasons.

UP NEXT

Stars: Return home to host Calgary on Friday.

Avalanche: Head to Minnesota to play the Wild on Friday.

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<![CDATA[Are the Mavs in a Good Place This Season?]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:32:43 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs+Barnes+Celtics.jpg

NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs and Jean-Jacques Taylor discuss whether the Mavericks are actually in a good spot despite the early season struggles.

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<![CDATA[Irving's 47 Lead Celtics Past Mavericks to Maintain Streak]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:44:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks+Rick+Carlisle.jpg

Kyrie Irving scored 10 of his season-high 47 points in overtime as the Boston Celtics rallied once again from a double-digit deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-102 on Monday night and extend their winning streak to 16 games.

The Mavericks led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter, but as they have several times during their winning streak, the Celtics stormed back.

The winning streak ties the fourth-longest in Celtics history.

Boston tied the game at 96 when Irving stole the ball from Dirk Nowitzki and fed Jayson Tatum for an alley-oop lay-up that hung on the rim for a full second before dropping through.

Irving scored his team's first six points of overtime. Then after Jaylen Brown gave Boston a 104-102 lead with a jumper with 1:39 to play, Irving went to work on Yogi Ferrell, backing him down and drawing contact on a lay-up with 48.5 seconds to play. Though Irving missed the free throw to keep the score 106-102, Dallas never got closer.

Harrison Barnes scored 31 points and Wesley Matthews had 18 for Dallas, which came back from an early double-digit deficit as the Celtics went cold for much of the second and third quarters.

Irving and Barnes had chances in the final 30 seconds but both missed shots that would have given their teams the lead.

The Mavericks fell behind by as many as 15 points in the first half, outscoring the Celtics 55-35 over the second and third quarters.

Dallas took its biggest lead of the game when Yogi Ferrell fed a cutting Dwight Powell for a lay-up to make it 87-74 with 7:47 to play before the Celtics rallied.

Boston shot just 10-for-34 over the two middle quarters after building the early lead.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Marcus Smart came into the game shooting just 27 percent from the field, worst among NBA players with at least 10 attempts per game. And he shot 3-for-15 Monday as the Mavericks backed off and dared him to shoot. But Smart's 3 with 1:24 to play in the game put Boston within 96-94. . The game was a homecoming for Boston rookie Semi Ojeleye, who played college basketball at SMU in Dallas.

Mavericks: Guard J.J. Barea won the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for October for the relief work he did in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico. He was presented with the award at halftime. Barea has provided more than 100,000 pounds of supplies to the island, and he has raised nearly $750,000 in funds through his own efforts and a YouCaring.com fund drive.

UP NEXT

Celtics: At Miami on Wednesday. The Celtics beat the Heat on October 28 for win number four of their streak.

Mavericks: At Memphis on Wednesday for the team's third meeting of the season. Each team won at home in a back-to-back series in late October.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Barea Honored With NBA Cares Award]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:59:47 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jj-barea-2017-mavs.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Dallas Mavericks, published Nov. 20, 2017.

Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea has received the October NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente in recognition of his continuous relief efforts in Puerto Rico following devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, the NBA announced today.

The award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players share for giving back to their communities.

Kaiser Permanente and the NBA are honoring Barea for his work to immediately initiate aid for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.  Coordinating five trips to the territory where he was born and raised, Barea used the Mavericks’ team plane, with help from owner Mark Cuban, to personally deliver much-needed supplies in the days after the hurricane.

Working with partners in North Texas, Barea has provided more than 100,000 pounds of supplies to the island, including 32 generators, 14,000 pounds of water, 10,000 pounds of food and 3,000 pounds of medical supplies, diapers, clothing, cleaning products and toiletries on the first trip alone.

Barea also launched a fundraiser on YouCaring.com for families affected by the hurricane that has raised more than $250,000, and personally raised nearly $500,000.  Additionally, he worked with the Mavericks to donate 100 percent of all single-game ticket sales from their Oct. 25 game against the Memphis Grizzlies to Puerto Rico, generating an additional $114,000 for the island’s recovery.

“Puerto Rico is such a small island and I think help is going to be needed there for at least the next year, maybe longer,” said Barea.  “This effort is something I will carry with me forever, and anything I can do to help people put things back in order is a must for me.”

Before the Mavericks’ home game against the Boston Celtics tonight, NBA Cares Ambassador Bob Lanier will present the award to Barea during an oncourt ceremony. In addition, Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $10,000 to the J.J. Barea Foundation.

The NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente honors the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson, who improved the community piece by piece.  To learn more, please visit http://www.nba.com/communityassist/.



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Stop 4-game Slide With Win Against Bucks]]>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:04:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-876083778.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks' first win in a couple weeks was quite a relief for Wesley Matthews and company.

Matthews scored a season-high 22 points, and the Mavericks stopped a four-game slide with a 111-79 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

"It rejuvenates you," Matthews said. "Everybody feels good. Aches don't hurt as much, you just feel better about everything you've done. You don't need moral victories, you've got the real one and you can actually see everything we're trying to bring together."

Matthews also had eight assists while helping Dallas (3-14) to its first win since Nov. 7 at Washington. He had six of the Mavericks' franchise record-tying 19 3-pointers.

"We were playing basketball, and one of the hardest things to guard is random movement," he said. "That's when I'm at my best, when we're just playing and stay in a rhythm."

J.J. Barea had 20 points for the Mavericks, and Harrison Barnes finished with 18. Yogi Ferrell had 16 points and Dwight Powell grabbed 13 rebounds.

Milwaukee had won four in a row. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks (8-7), and Khris Middleton added 23 points.

It was Milwaukee's first loss since it acquired Eric Bledsoe in a trade with the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 7.

"I think the ball was just stuck," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. "The ball got sticky and we were afraid to let go of it to a teammate."

The Mavericks never trailed after Matthews' 3-pointer made it 22-20 with 3:07 left in the first quarter. Dallas went 19 for 38 from beyond the arc, including a shot clock-beating 3 from near midcourt by Barea that made it 88-64 in the fourth quarter.

"I had to shoot that one," Barea said. "You don't see a lot of those."

Kidd said his team should have been ready for the 3-point barrage.

"Coming into the game we had talked about how they are second in the league in attempts," Kidd said. "They just haven't made them. But tonight they made up for all those misses."

Milwaukee went 6 of 25 from 3-point range.

TERRY RETURNS

Jason Terry played the final couple minutes for Milwaukee and got a standing ovation from the crowd. The 40-year-old Terry played for Dallas from 2004 to 2012 and helped the Mavs win the NBA title in 2011.

Terry scored on his only field-goal attempt, leading to a large roar from the crowd.

"I knew he was gonna score," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "I was gonna clap, I wasn't sure how appropriate that was. You know how I feel about him, that's one of the reasons we're all wearing rings here."

TIP-INS

Bucks: C John Henson went 3 for 10 at the free-throw line. ... Kidd had two stints in Dallas as a player and averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 8.4 assists in 500 career games with the Mavericks. ... The Bucks host the Mavericks on Dec. 8.

Mavericks: C Nerlens Noel only played three minutes. Noel played six minutes in Friday night's 111-87 loss to Minnesota and has been replaced in the rotation by Salah Mejri. ... Dallas still leads the NBA with 14 losses this season.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Host the Washington Wizards on Monday.

Mavericks: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Sloan on 12-man Roster for Basketball Qualifying Games ]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:46:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/154565903-basketball-generic.jpg

Tournament MVP Jameel Warney and three other players who helped the U.S. win the AmeriCup gold medal will suit up for the Americans in their first two Basketball World Cup qualifying games.   

The Americans will play Puerto Rico on Nov. 23 in Orlando, Florida, a game moved from Puerto Rico because of hurricane damage. The U.S. will host Mexico three nights later in Greensboro, North Carolina.   

The U.S. is relying on G League players, with NBA players unavailable for the windows during the season. Besides Warney, who plays for the Texas Legends, Larry Drew II (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Reggie Hearn (Reno Bighorns) and Xavier Munford (Wisconsin Herd) played for Jeff Van Gundy when the Americans went 5-0 and won AmeriCup gold in September.   

The rest of Van Gundy's roster chosen Tuesday for this month's games: Amile Jefferson and Elijah Millsap (Iowa Wolves); Markel Brown (Oklahoma City Blue); Jarell Eddie (Windy City Bulls); Kennedy Meeks (Raptors 905); Donald Sloan (Texas Legends); Travis Wear (South Bay Lakers), and Semaj Christon, who is a free agent.   

Under FIBA's new qualifying system, teams will play home-and-away games against opponents in their region to qualify for the 2019 World Cup in China. That tournament will then qualify seven teams for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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<![CDATA[George, Westbrook Lead Thunder Past Mavs]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 06:43:23 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17317047379172.jpg

Paul George scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook added 27 and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame the absence of two regular starters to beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-99 on Sunday night.

Carmelo Anthony was ruled out about an hour before tipoff because of a sore lower back, and starting center Steven Adams sat out with a right calf contusion.

Without Anthony, the Thunder's other two superstars carried the offensive load, fueling a 26-10 run in the third quarter that broke open what had been a tight game. Oklahoma City improved to 6-7, missing its second straight after four consecutive losses.

Harrison Barnes had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Yogi Ferrell had 18 points for the Mavericks. They have dropped nine of their last 10 games to fall to 2-12. Dallas is in a particularly tough portion of its schedule, having lost both ends of a back-to-back against Cleveland and Oklahoma City, and with games against San Antonio and Minnesota looming.

Oklahoma City led 44-42 after a subpar offensive first half for both teams. Westbrook and George combined to go 5 of 18 from the field in the half, but combined to score 32 of the Thunder's 39 points in the decisive third quarter.

With the game tied 48-48 in the third quarter, Westbrook scored on a drive, and then George blew by Dirk NowitzkI for a dunk that led to a Dallas timeout. That started the Thunder's big run, which included three 3-pointers by Westbrook and another by George. Westbrook's final 3-pointer during that stretch put Oklahoma City up 74-58 with 3:35 left in the quarter.

George's 3-pointer with 11:25 left in the game pushed the Thunder's advantage to 88-67. A 9-2 run, capped by Yogi Ferrell's 3-pointer, pulled Dallas within 97-84 with 5:56 left but the Mavericks came no closer.

TIP-INS:

Mavericks: Devin Harris missed the game because of bruised ribs he suffered in a loss Saturday to Cleveland. ... The Mavericks went 11 of 37 from 3-point range and have had at least nine 3-pointers in all 14 of their games. ...Official Sean Corbin issued technical fouls to both Nowitzki (in the second quarter) and coach Rick Carlisle (between the third and fourth quarters).

Thunder: On his 29th birthday, Westbrook chose to wear a pair of neon orange Air Jordan shoes during the first half before switching to a pair of black-and-blue Air Jordans for the second half. ... The Thunder made a season-high 15 3-pointers, in 32 attempts. ... Jerami Grant was given his first start of the season in place of Anthony. ... Rookie Dakari Johnson started at center for the second straight game in place of Adams and matched up against NBA legend Nowitzki in the post to begin the game.

UP NEXT:

Mavericks: Host San Antonio on Tuesday night to start a four-game homestand.

Thunder: Host Chicago on Wednesday night to wrap up a three-game homestand.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Love, Korver Lead Cavaliers Past Mavericks]]>Sat, 11 Nov 2017 23:45:45 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/174*120/GettyImages-873067184.jpg

Not much has come easy for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.

Facing one of the worst teams in the league, the Cavs needed a big fourth quarter to hold off the Dallas Mavericks.

Kevin Love had 29 points and 15 rebounds and Kyle Korver scored all 13 of his points in the final period to help the Cavaliers beat the Mavericks 111-104 Saturday night.

Cleveland took control of the game in third quarter and led by as many as 11 in the fourth, then saw the Mavericks twice cut the deficit to one point. Dallas could never break through, though, missing three shots that would have given them the lead.

With the American Airlines Center crowd standing for most of the game's final four minutes, Harrison Barnes missed a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left that would have put Dallas up by one.

Korver -- who hit three 3s in the quarter -- was fouled on the rebound as he crashed to the floor, then made both free throws to put the Cavs up 106-102. Cleveland made seven of its final eight from the line to clinch the game.

LeBron James, averaging 36 points in the Cavs' first five games in November, had just 19 Saturday, but two came on an emphatic dunk with 1:08 to play that put Cleveland up 104-100. He also had 11 rebounds.

"We're just really resilient," James said. "We relied on our championship habits from our guys on the floor, but also trying to get back to our mental toughness and figuring out how to win."

Barnes finished with a team-leading 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Dennis Smith, Jr. had 21 for Dallas, which is tied with Atlanta for the NBA's worst record at 2-11. Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 for the Mavericks.

"It's never usually what happens in those last few minutes that dictates the game," Barnes said. "It's what you did earlier. Unfortunately, that deficit we built -- we couldn't really get past it."

The Cavaliers outscored the Mavericks 34-22 in the third quarter to erase a three-point halftime deficit. Love scored 13 points in the first 5:38 of the quarter, and J.R. Smith's long 3-pointer keyed a 15-2 run and forced a Dallas timeout.

"They just found me all night, especially in that third quarter," Love said. "They kept feeding me the ball. They knew I had a little rhythm going and that set the tone for us."

TIED FOR 13TH

J.R. Smith's four 3-pointers gave him 1,797 for his career, tying him for 13th place all-time with Nowitzki, who had two 3s of his own in the game.

NO MINUTES FOR NOEL

Center Nerlens Noel did not play at all Saturday as the Mavericks turned to Dwight Powell and Salah Mejri to back up Dirk Nowitzki at center. Noel played just five minutes Tuesday against Washington and has seen his minutes slowly decline. Carlisle explained the decision by saying, "Minutes are earned - that's all I can tell you." Noel said he was disappointed by the lack of minutes but not frustrated: "(Carlisle) knows my number is ready when he calls it and I'll give force to a winning effort."

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Smith had 17 points and Jae Crowder had 15. Starting point guard Derrick Rose missed his second consecutive game with a left ankle sprain. Iman Shumpert started in Rose's place. The team set no timetable for Rose's return. ... Tristan Thompson missed his fifth straight game with a left calf strain. Despite missing Thompson's presence on the boards, Cleveland outrebounded the Mavericks 53-42.

Mavericks: Dallas set a franchise record by making at least nine 3s in their 13th straight game, but they shot just 29 percent from deep on Saturday, making 10-of-34. . Guard Devin Harris left the game in the third quarter with bruised ribs and probably won't play on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Continue their four-game road trip at the Knicks on Monday.

Mavericks: Play the second half of a back-to-back at Oklahoma City on Sunday. Dallas then plays four in a row at home.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Snap 6-Game Slide With Victory Over Wizards]]>Tue, 07 Nov 2017 21:02:45 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-871445602.jpg

Harrison Barnes scored 31 points, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 22 and the Dallas Mavericks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 113-99 victory over John Wall and the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

Wesley Matthews made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for Dallas, which has won 14 of its last 15 meetings with Washington. It was just the second win on the season for the Mavericks.

Wall had 23 points and 14 assists in his return from a sprained left shoulder, but the Wizards lost for the fifth time in seven games. Otto Porter Jr. finished with 13 points.

Dallas scored a season-high 64 in the first half and led by 11 at the break. Barnes had 16 points in the opening half, and the Mavericks shot 52 percent from the field.

Dallas led by as many as 16 in the second half before Washington put together a 14-0 run to close to 90-88 with 8:56 remaining in the game. The Mavericks responded with a 15-5 spurt and were never challenged again.

Dallas came into the game averaging 97.9 points per game, 28th in the league, but scored a season-high 113.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dorian Smith-Finney was active after missing the last four games with left knee soreness. Smith-Finney had five points in 16 minutes. ... Dirk Nowitzki started at center for the fifth time this season and scored six points.

Wizards: Wall shot 13 of 18 from the free-throw line after combining to go just 5 for 16 in his previous two games. ... Beal had his streak of scoring at least 35 points snapped at three games, one short of setting a Washington record.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Begin a stretch of five home games in six against the Cavaliers on Saturday. The teams split two meetings last season with each winning at home.

Wizards: Host the Lakers on Thursday in the second game of a four-game homestand. Los Angeles beat the Wizards 102-99 in overtime on Oct. 25.

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<![CDATA[Towns Leads Timberwolves Past Floundering Mavericks 112-99]]>Sat, 04 Nov 2017 22:53:39 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-866809444.jpg

The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves won four games in a row was five years ago, when Karl-Anthony Towns was just a junior in high school.

The Wolves are growing up fast, without much of the pains of past few seasons.

Towns had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins added 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting and the Timberwolves used a season-high 33 assists to beat the floundering Dallas Mavericks 112-99 on Saturday night for their first four-game winning streak since Dec. 7-15, 2012.

"It's just one of many," Towns said, "and hopefully four will seem like a little bit to us. It'll seem something like we're having a bad season if we're only getting four in a row at some point."

Holding Mavericks star Harrison Barnes scoreless in the second half, the Wolves enjoyed a blowout for once after the margin of their previous five victories totaled just 17 points. They played so well they still won by 13 points despite lapsing in a fourth quarter won by the Mavericks 30-19 to make notoriously demanding coach Tom Thibodeau uncomfortable.

"Obviously, it's better than losing," he said, "but the big thing is for us to concentrate on improving."

Even Thibodeau had plenty of compliments afterward, though.

Coming off a career-low two points Wednesday at New Orleans, when foul trouble against bulwarks DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis limited him to 22 minutes, Towns responded like the Timberwolves needed him to and thought he would. He had seven points and two rebounds during a 13-0 run late in the third quarter that pushed their lead to 25 points.

"The situation was more in my favor today," Towns said. "I was able to go out there and play my game."

Barnes finished with 17 points for the Mavericks, who have the worst record in the NBA and their first 1-10 start since the 1993-94 season when they staggered out of the gate at 1-23 and finished 13-69.

"They've got a lot of good defenders that they can put on him," said coach Rick Carlisle, who kept Barnes on the bench in the fourth. "Look, we just didn't do a good job moving the ball to start the second half, either. So some of that's on us. Some of it's on me. I've got to get him some better looks."

With franchise cornerstone Dirk Nowitzki not the same as his younger self, the Mavericks been relying heavily on their bounty of point guards. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 18 points and Devin Harris (15 points) and J.J. Barea (14 points) provided a few sparks off the bench, but there's just not enough production to be found. The Mavericks entered the game with the third-lowest scoring average in the league.

"We have to bear down, collectively, and come with the energy and effort," Barnes said. "Our starts in the first and the third have been problematic for us all season."

BUTLER DID IT

The Wolves improved to 6-1 with linchpin Jimmy Butler on the floor, having lost both games the tenacious, versatile small forward missed with a virus, and the upside to this one was he finished with a season-low four points. He had five rebounds and seven assists.

"When I feel like it's my time to shoot, I'll shoot it. But as of right now, my teammates are rolling," Butler said. "Feed them. Let them get us going."

WORK, BENCH

Taj Gibson picked up some slack with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Teague had 11 points and 10 assists. The reserves, playing as a five-man unit for long stretches, contributed often, too. Nemanja Bjelica and Tyus Jones each sank a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter. Jamal Crawford used a shake-and-bake move for a 20-foot pull-up jumper he swished for a 90-62 lead that was the largest of the game for the Wolves.

ROUGH ROAD AHEAD

The Mavericks might have to wait a while longer for that next win. Their next 10 games include two matchups each with Oklahoma City and San Antonio and one against Cleveland, and all but one of them are against teams that made the playoffs last season. The Timberwolves, who visit Dallas on Nov. 17, are the only outlier.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Nowitzki had seven points on 3-for-8 shooting in 22 minutes. ... Salah Mejri started at center for the first time this season. The 7-foot-2 Tunisian, who had 13 rebounds and five blocks against the Pelicans, went scoreless in nine minutes while picking up three fouls.

Timberwolves: Bjelica is second in the NBA in 3-point shooting, behind Oklahoma City's Raymond Felton. He's the only player on the team with at least one make from behind the arc in all nine games this season. ... The Wolves have attempted more free throws than their opponent in all nine games.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Travel to Washington to play the Wizards on Tuesday night, their only game in the next six days before hosting the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers next weekend.

Timberwolves: Stay home for the second half of a back-to-back set, hosting the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night before a road trip to face the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Davis, Cousins Help Pelicans Stifle Last-Place Mavs 99-94]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 22:32:36 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks+Rick+Carlisle.jpg

Anthony Davis had 30 points and 13 rebounds, DeMarcus Cousins added his second 20-20 game of the season and the New Orleans Pelicans started a four-game trip with a 99-94 victory over the last-place Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 26 points for the Mavericks, who are 1-9 for the first time since 1993-94. That was the second straight 1-9 start for teams that lost an average of 70 games over two seasons.

Cousins had 20 points, 22 rebounds and seven assists for the Pelicans, who were coming off two straight home losses. The 6-foot-11 center, who tied his career high with 20 defensive rebounds, had season highs of 41 points and 23 rebounds in a win at Sacramento last week.

Jrue Holliday added eight assists and a season-high eight rebounds.

The Pelicans led by 14 in the first quarter before Barnes scored 13 second-quarter points to help the Mavericks take their only lead at 31-30. New Orleans pushed the margin back to 17 in the third.

Davis, who matched his season with three blocks, was 10 of 19 from the field and Cousins 8 of 16 to offset an otherwise cold night for the Pelicans. They shot 40 percent and were 7 of 29 from 3-point range. Cousins had four of the long-range misses without making one.

The starting Dallas backcourt of Dennis Smith Jr. and Wesley Matthews went a combined 10 of 32 as the Mavericks shot 39 percent. Smith scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Backup Dallas center Salah Mejri had 13 rebounds and five blocks.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Davis and Cousins were a combined 9 of 10 in the first quarter, with Davis scoring 13 and Cousins 10. ... Pelicans had two shot-clock violations in a ragged third quarter in which both teams were 7 of 23 (30 percent) and combined to make four of 20 from 3 (20 percent).

Mavericks: Matthews got a technical foul in the second quarter for complaining after he was called for a foul on Davis. ... Shawn Marion, a member of Dallas' 2011 championship team, had a midcourt seat on the front row and was introduced to nice applause.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Saturday night at Chicago in first back-to-back of season. Bulls have won six straight in series.

Mavericks: Saturday night at Minnesota in third back-to-back of season.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Clippers Roll to Easy 119-98 Victory Over Mavericks]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:15:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866844796.jpg

Clippers coach Doc Rivers keeps saying that with nine new players and so many injuries, he hasn't had time to install much of a half-court offense.

So his early message has been simple -- keep moving the ball and run at every opportunity.

That worked well enough Wednesday night, when the Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-88 to snap a two-game losing streak.

"This is the first game in three games that we got our pace back," Rivers said. "When our guards are going downhill, then that tells you our pace is back."

The Clippers are adjusting to life without point guard Chris Paul (traded to the Rockets) and his replacement, the injured Milos Teodosic.

It doesn't hurt their cause that they have several players who excel at passing the ball, from holdovers Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers, to newcomers Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams.

"We have more fast, athletic guys than we had last year," Austin Rivers said. "When we play at that speed, it's hard to guard us."

The Clippers were given a lesson in speed in their previous game Monday, a 141-113 pasting by the NBA's premier running team, the champion Golden State Warriors.

The Mavs are hardly in the class with the Warriors right now, falling to 1-8 with their fourth consecutive loss. On Wednesday, they started veteran guard Devin Harris in a failed effort to add some spark.

"Everything is an attempt to try and get out of this rut," Harris said. "We have to get back to playing simple basketball."

The Clippers spread their offense around. Griffin had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Austin Rivers added 19 points, Williams 17 points and Gallinari 14 points, six rebounds and four assists.

The Clippers outscored the Mavs 48-26 in the paint and outrebounded them 48-38.

"We had a couple of catastrophic turnovers that got them going in their building," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "Before you knew it, we're playing out of a hole again. Our margin for error is extremely slim."

Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. led Dallas with 18 points despite shooting just 6 for 15 from the field. Harrison Barnes added 14 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 13 points and eight rebounds.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Averaged only 98.3 points per game during their first eight games. Said Carlisle: "When you keep losing the possession game, it's very tough to win. We have to get consistency with rebounding and turnovers. We have to get better in all areas."

Clippers: After shooting 29.9 percent in his first five games with Los Angeles, Gallinari was 8 for 15 against the Warriors on Monday. Doc Rivers said he was playing it low key with his new forward: "All I told him was to keep shooting it. Nobody ever told me that."

AFTERNOON DELIGHT

The Clippers next play back-to-back 12:30 p.m. games at Staples Center on Saturday and Sunday. Doc Rivers is less than thrilled.

"Those are tricky games," Rivers said. "We have to be ready for them. They're tough. They sneak up on you so quick."

Rivers said he had asked the league not to schedule back-to-back afternoon games.

"We did, and it worked so well," he said. "I had one request after the season -- no back-to-back afternoon games. And they said, OK. And they gave it to us anyway. My pull isn't what it used to be."

LOSING START

Dallas' 1-8 start is the worst in the NBA, but it has a long way to go before approaching the franchise record for futility.

The 1993-94 Mavs started 1-23.

NEXT UP

Mavericks: Return home Friday to host the Pelicans.

Clippers: Play their fourth of five consecutive home games on Saturday against the Grizzlies.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Jazz Beat Mavericks 104-89]]>Mon, 30 Oct 2017 21:32:50 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866844792.jpg

Rodney Hood scored 15 of his season-high 25 points in the third quarter to help the Utah Jazz rally to beat the Dallas Mavericks 104-89 on Monday night.

The Mavs hit nine of 14 3-pointers in the first half and the Jazz struggled to defend their drive-and-kick action. But Utah came alive in the second half thanks to Hood and a 25-4 run to start the third quarter.

The Jazz adjusted their defense in the second half and made things much more difficult for one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the league. The Mavericks were just 3 for 10 from behind the arc in the second half.

Dallas climbed back within five late in the fourth quarter, but an 11-0 run highlighted by a pull-up Hood 3-pointer from the top of the arc put the game away. Hood had just five first-half points.

Ricky Rubio saw his shot begin to fall in the second half and finished with 20 points. Rudy Gobert added 17 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks and six assists.

Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 18 points and J.J. Barea added 17 off the bench.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. played 17 minutes despite being listed as questionable with a left knee effusion. He was 1 for 7 for two points. ... Dallas began the night ranked No. 3 in the NBA with 12.9 made 3-pointers per game and No. 5 with a 37.8 percentage from behind the arc.

Jazz: Coach Quin Snyder had his birthday on Monday. He turned 51. ... Rubio entered the game as the second Jazz player, joining Deron Williams, to post at least 90 points, 45 assists and 30 rebounds through their first six games with the organization.

CLOSE BUT NO CALL

The Mavs came out as one of four teams to start the week with just one victory. Coach Rick Carlisle, however, likes the way they've lost.

"We've played seven and I think we've had five that have been one possession games," Carlisle said. "This league is about tight games and thin margins for error. We've just got to do a few things better each game to put ourselves in a better position.

"Rebounding has got to be better. Turn it over less. Make a few more shots. Pretty simple stuff, but it's the NBA, so it's hard. Teams are defending you. You're in tough places like this and so, it's hard work. But you've got to get it done."

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Travel to face Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

Jazz: Host Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Simmons Leads 76ers Past Mavericks]]>Sat, 28 Oct 2017 21:54:24 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/167*120/GettyImages-865374402.jpg

Ben Simmons had 23 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the Dallas Mavericks 112-110 on Saturday night for their second win of the season.

Joel Embiid added 23 points and nine rebounds as the 76ers won in Dallas for the first time since Jan. 29, 2005.

Dallas had a chance to tie the game and force overtime with 0.2 seconds remaining with Yogi Ferrell at the free throw line, but the guard missed the first attempt and Dallas couldn't score on a rebound after he intentionally missed the second.

Simmons won the battle of rookie point guards with Dallas' Dennis Smith Jr, who countered with 12 points and eight assists, but struggled with six turnovers.

T.J. McConnell added 15 points off the bench and Robert Covington had 11 points for the 76ers.

Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 25 points. Wesley Matthews had 19, Ferrell 17, and J.J. Barea 15.

Embiid got the best of former teammate and friend Nerlens Noel, who had four points and four rebounds. Noel spent three and a half seasons with the 76ers before being traded to Dallas last February.

Both teams relied heavily on 3-pointers as Philadelphia went 16-for-35 from beyond the arc, while Dallas made 19 of 40 3-point attempts.

Philadelphia seemingly took control and closed the third quarter with a 13-4 run after Dallas took a 76-74 lead with 5:06 remaining in the period.

The Mavericks opened the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run and kept the game close, but couldn't regain the lead in their final outing before a two-game road trip.

TIP-INS

76ers: F J.J. Reddick missed the game with lower back tightness. Dario Saric started in Reddick's place and had 12 points in 29 minutes. ... Philadelphia led 57-56 at halftime.

Mavericks: F Dirk Nowitzki had 11 points and recorded his 1,788th career 3-pointer in the third quarter, moving past Rashard Lewis for sole possession of 13th place on the NBA all-time list. . 76ers assistant coach Jim O'Brien served as the Mavericks lead assistant during the 2012-13 season. . Dallas had won 11 straight at home against Philadelphia heading into Saturday.

UP NEXT

76ers: Complete their Texas road trip with a visit to Houston on Monday.

Mavericks: Travel to Utah on Monday still looking for their first road win.

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<![CDATA[Gasol's Double-Double Leads Grizzlies Over Mavericks, 96-91]]>Fri, 27 Oct 2017 04:01:03 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866844796.jpg

This time the Memphis Grizzlies came out raring to go, though they couldn't sustain the momentum.

The Grizzlies turned back a second-half rally by Dallas and closed with a late run to pull away and preserve a 96-91 victory on Thursday night.

Marc Gasol had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Mike Conley added 22 points for the Grizzlies, who lost to the Mavericks 103-94 on Wednesday night in Dallas. The Grizzlies came out sluggish in the loss, but opened Thursday's game with a much better approach, building the lead to 22 in the first half and 20 in the third quarter.

Then almost saw it slip away.

"They made us play one-on-one, and then we got a little happy with that and stuck to it," Gasol said. "We got enough stops, especially at the end, to stop the bleeding."

The Grizzlies almost squandered away that second-half advantage. Wesley Matthews, who finished with 18 points, had four 3-pointers in the third to start the comeback. Then a fourth-quarter push gave the Mavericks an 86-84 lead with 3:56 left when J.J. Barea converted three free throws, capping an 18-8 run to open the quarter.

That was the last lead for Dallas, as Conley scored the next five points and had nine of the Grizzlies' next 10.

"We shouldn't have been in that position in the first place," Matthews said. "We put ourselves there. . (Wednesday) night we had them down 19 playing the way we did in the second half. What team do we want to be?"

Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki added 14 points.

Memphis led 28-14 after one and 54-35 at halftime and seemed in control of the game, holding the Mavericks to 27 percent shooting. Dallas hit only one of its 13 3-point shots before halftime.

"The second quarter was a killer," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said, later adding: "I loved the fight in three of the four quarters. I thought we played hard. The second quarter was what really did us in."

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Nowitzki has scored 1,445 points against the Grizzlies, more than any active player. Only Kobe Bryant, with 1,636, has more points against the Grizzlies. ... F Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury), G Seth Curry (stress reaction left tibia) and Devin Harris (personal reasons) were not with team. . Dallas hit only 14 of 40 shots inside the paint. ... Barnes recorded the third 20-10 game of his career.

Grizzlies: Gasol has scored at least 25 points in every game this season, except the opener against New Orleans. It was Gasol's fourth double-double of the season. Tyreke Evans recorded a season-high 19 points. Jarell Martin recorded a career-high five blocks and tied his career high with nine rebounds.

A Little Help From My Friends
Evans' 19 points helped the Grizzlies bench outscore the Mavericks reserves 34-23, marking the fourth time in five games this season that the Memphis subs have outscored their counterparts. Wednesday's loss to Dallas was the only time this season the Memphis bench has been outscored.

My Bad
The Mavericks, trailing 94-91 and with the ball in the closing 15 seconds, ended up with a forced 3-pointer from rookie Dennis Smith Jr. with 3 seconds left that was off the mark, preserving the Memphis win.

"That was on me," Carlisle said. "With that amount of time, he has to know that a quick 2 is OK. I didn't make that clear to him, so that's on me. There's going to be many occasions like this where he learns a lot, but that one is my fault."

Up Next
Mavericks: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

Grizzlies: Host the Houston Rockets on Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Smith Leads Mavericks Past Grizzlies for First Win]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:26:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866435598.jpg

Dennis Smith Jr. took a major step forward in his fourth career game.

The 19-year-old point guard had 19 points and five assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks to their first win of the season, 103-94 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

"I've been waiting for this," Smith said. "I got tired of losing."

Smith was at his best in the second half, with 14 points and four assists, as Dallas snapped a four-game losing streak.

"Well, Smith's pretty clearly a gamer. He is unafraid," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "Tonight was the biggest amount of responsibility that we have put on him."

Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, who went head-to-head with Smith, was also impressed by the rookie.

"I love his game. I watched a lot of film on him. He plays with a great pace, very patient," Conley said. "He's going to be something special in the league and they've got a good one. It's fun to compete against him."

Memphis had a season-opening three-game win streak come to an end in the opener of a home-and-home back-to-back between the teams.

Marc Gasol had 26 points for Memphis. Conley scored 21 points and Tyreke Evans had 13 off the bench for the Grizzlies.

Wesley Matthews added 16, Harrison Barnes had 15, J.J. Barea scored 14, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 points for Dallas.

"I think the ball is moving better," Barea said. "Everybody is touching it. We are more active on offense."

The Mavericks went ahead 8-7 with 8:30 remaining in the first quarter on a hook shot by Nerlens Noel and never surrendered the lead. Memphis pulled within three in the fourth quarter before Dallas went on a 9-0 run to regain control.

"We couldn't get stops, it's simple," Gasol said. "When you don't have enough stops, you won't be able to get over the hump. ... We didn't play enough good D and we were not disciplined enough in order for us to win."

Dallas led by as much as 19 in the first half, but Gasol helped drag his team back into the game in the third quarter. Gasol scored 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting in in the period, cutting the score to 79-72 before the fourth quarter.

Both teams struggled at the free-throw line. The normally reliable Grizzlies made 16 of 24 free throws, and Dallas went 20-for-29.

Devin Harris played his first game since the death of his brother on Oct. 19 and had six points. Before the game, Carlisle said Harris wouldn't travel to Memphis with the team on Thursday.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Barea played in his 700th career game. ... Dallas' 32 points in the first quarter where a season-high. ... Nowitzki played in his 1,399th career game. He can become the seventh player in NBA history to reach 1,400 on Thursday.

Grizzlies: F Chandler Parsons didn't play since he isn't yet medically cleared to play in back-to-back games. Parsons, a former Maverick, is expected to play Thursday. ... Memphis will play 16 back-to-backs this season.

Not So Free
Gasol went 3-for-8 from the line. He entered the game having converted on 26 of 27 free-throw attempts, including a 10-for-10 night.

Rebounding
The Mavericks have struggled with rebounding this season and had been outrebounded 211-160 in their first four games. The Grizzlies had a 36-35 edge in total rebounds, but Carlisle felt his team won the overall battle because Memphis collected a few rebounds late once the game had been decided.

Up Next
Mavericks: Will try to win their third straight game in the all-time series against Memphis.

Grizzlies: Have a chance to bounce back against the Mavericks on Thursday night.



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<![CDATA[Warriors Star Stephen Curry Prays With Devin Harris' Nephew]]>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:09:01 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/curry+harris+prayer.jpg

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry shared a touching moment with the nephew of Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris at the American Airlines Center Monday night.

Harris' brother, Bruce Harris, died from his injuries sustained in a car crash last week on Central Expressway in Dallas.

Devin Harris has not rejoined the Mavs on the court since his brother's death, but he brought his nephew to see his team play against the defending champs on Monday,The Dallas Morning News reported.

Before the game, Curry spoke with the young boy near the team's courtside tunnel and appeared to bow his head in prayer with the child.

Video of their interaction was posted on Twitter by user @KDISAWARRIOR and quickly went viral, with reaction praising Curry and offering words of comfort for the Harris family.

The Warriors beat the Mavs 133-103, as Curry scored 29 points.



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<![CDATA[Curry, Durant Help Warriors Pull Away from Mavs, 133-103]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 05:13:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-862935150.jpg

Stephen Curry swished a floating one-hander and went to the floor after some contact, looking for a call that wasn't coming.

This time, the Golden State star smiled and ran the other way.

Curry scored 29 points, Kevin Durant added 25 and the Warriors pulled away from the winless Dallas Mavericks in the second half of a 133-103 victory on Monday night.

Klay Thompson had 21 points as the defending champs got back to .500 four games into the season, two nights after losing their cool late in a loss at Memphis.

Curry was at the center of it, getting fined $50,000 for throwing his mouthpiece on a non-call in the final minute against the Grizzlies. There wasn't much reason to get worked up this time, even after an 18-point lead early in the second quarter was cut to one before halftime.

Golden State never trailed in its seventh straight win in the series.

"I actually kind of liked that we struggled there for a while because we were making the same mistakes, turnovers, not talking on defense and not boxing out," coach Steve Kerr said. "It's good that we responded and turned it around in the second half."

Curry made all five of his shots inside the 3-point line while going 2 of 10 beyond the arc. The most damage was at the line in his third straight game with at least 10 attempts. The two-time MVP was 13 of 13 and has made all 39 free throws this season.

"Been trying to finish at the rim, had people close out real hard on 3-point attempts," Curry said. "Rest of it's just being in the right place at the right time and trying to put pressure on the defense, whether it's with my shooting and spacing ability or driving to the lane."

Thompson had consecutive 3-pointers to cap a 15-2 run that turned a two-point lead into an 83-68 advantage in the third quarter, sending Dallas to its second straight 0-4 start. The Mavericks lost a franchise-worst five straight to start last season.

Wesley Matthews scored 19 points for the Mavericks. Harrison Barnes had 13 points against his former team, matching J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 10 points after missing two games with left knee swelling.

"We can't put ourselves in the hole," Smith said. "We bounced back into halftime we almost tied it. That was just effort. We've got to come out that way."

Durant was 9 of 15 from the field and 4 of 6 from beyond the arc as the Warriors shot 56 percent.

The Mavericks trailed 42-24 early in the second quarter before Matthews made all four shots, including a pair of 3-pointers , in a 10-point quarter. Dallas was twice within a point but never had a chance to take the lead.

Curry hit two free throws for a three-point halftime lead, then made one before play started in the second half when the Mavericks were called for delay of game.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Curry's younger brother, Mavericks G Seth Curry, has missed all four games with a stress reaction in his lower left leg. Coach Rick Carlisle ruled him out this week. ... G Devin Harris missed his third straight game since his older brother, Bruce Harris, was killed in a car wreck in Dallas last week.

Warriors: Curry became the eighth player to reach 20,000 career minutes for Golden State in the first quarter. ... The Warriors improved to 34-7 after a loss under Kerr. ... Curry and Draymond Green had eight assists apiece. Green scored 10 points with seven rebounds.

Too Much Show
With the game out of hand in the final minutes, Golden State rookie Jordan Bell was free on a breakaway and bounced the ball off the backboard before dunking it. Kerr told Carlisle after the game that he said something to Bell about not showing up an opponent.

"That was a bit much, but it was just a rookie being a little excited there I guess. That's on us," said 39-year-old Dirk Nowitzki, in his 20th season with the Mavericks.

Tampering?
In the spirit of Curry's fine, Kerr recalled the time he was fined as Phoenix's general manager when LeBron James was a free agent before going to Miami in 2010. He was asked on a radio show if the Suns would sign James.

"I laughed and I said, 'Yeah, if he'll take the minimum. We don't have any cap room.' Ten grand, wrote a check the next day. They didn't like humor I guess. Tampering. And LeBron was close too. I really think he might have come there for minimum. It just didn't work out."

Up Next
Mavericks: Home against Memphis on Wednesday.

Warriors: Home against Toronto on Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[James Harden Leads Rockets Past Mavericks, 107-91]]>Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:28:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-862627102.jpg

James Harden and Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni stressed Saturday night the importance of establishing a consistent defensive presence.

Harden scored 29 points to lead the Rockets to a 107-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the team's home opener on Saturday night.

While Houston's hot shooting certainly helped, holding the Mavericks to 20 points or less in each of the first three quarters gave the Rockets plenty of breathing room.

"From the beginning of the game, defensively, we were locked in, and offensively, we made shots," Harden said. "That's going to be our blueprint is making shots."

The Rockets were 18-0 when holding opponents to less than 100 points last season. Through the first three games, they're allowing 104.0 points per game, down from an average of 109.6 points last season

"I think we're trying to build a good defensive base," D'Antoni said. "We're trying to understand where we're at offensively. I wish Chris (Paul) would be here so we can keep getting better. I'm happy where we're at, but we've got a long ways to go. But 3-0 is 3-0."

Playing without Paul, who is week-to-week with a left knee injury, Harden frequently bulldozed his way into the paint for layups while also keeping hot from beyond the arc. Harden made six of 13 3-pointers and added seven assists in 29 minutes.

Houston improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 2014-15 season when it started 6-0. Dallas fell to 0-3 for the first time since the 2011-12 season, which followed their NBA title run in 2010-11.

Without Paul, the Rockets started Harden and Eric Gordon in their backcourt, with Demetrius Jackson playing 18 minutes and scoring four points off the bench. Gordon had 18 points, while Clint Capela had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Nene scored 14 points off the bench.

"We've got a long way to go, but this was a good start for us," Harden said. "As we watch film, change thin(AP) -- gs and continue to get better, we'll move forward and figure out things we can get better at."

For the Mavericks, both Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea had 19 points, Harrison Barnes had 14 and Wesley Matthews 11. Dirk Nowitzki was held to just two points on 1-of-8 shooting in 19 minutes.

While the Mavericks played mostly with a smaller, guard-heavy lineup, Houston played its lengthy, physical forwards and dominated the rebound category. Houston outrebounded Dallas 54-41, and the margin was much wider entering the fourth quarter once the game was out of reach.

"There's no excuse. We just have to go get the ball," Matthews said. "Simple and plain we have to go get the ball. Nobody's walking through that door that's going to go grab us 25 rebounds a night. Collectively, we have to do it. It's as simple as that."

Nowitzki received a technical foul for shouting at an official early in the third quarter. Tasked with playing the role of the paint protector on defense, Nowitzki struggled at times to keep Houston from scoring inside. The Rockets outscored the Mavericks 50-30 in the paint.

Houston outscored the Mavericks in each of the first three quarters by wide margins of 13, 10 and 11 points thanks in large part to red-hot shooting. The Rockets shot 47.6 percent from the field, going 13-for-31 (42 percent) from 3-point range.

Houston led 62-39 at the half.

"We've got to regroup," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "We have a day off tomorrow. We have to rest. On Monday, we have the World Champions coming in. It's not like it's getting any easier."

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. missed his second straight game with swelling in his left knee. Smith, the ninth pick in the NBA draft, had 16 points and 10 assists in his debut against Atlanta. ... The Mavericks were also missing guard Devin Harris, who was granted a leave of absence following the death of his brother Thursday.

Rockets: After a 4-0 sweep of the series last season, Houston has won five straight games against Dallas, the longest streak since 1999-2000. The Rockets have won 11 of the past 14 games against Dallas. ... Rookie Zhou Qi made his NBA debut, playing seven minutes in the fourth quarter and posting three rebounds and one block. The 7-foot-1 power forward from China was drafted 43rd overall by Houston in the 2016 draft.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Golden State on Monday night.

Rockets: Host Memphis on Monday night.

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<![CDATA[Hawks Spoil Smith's Debut, Top Mavericks 117-111]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:17:06 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-862934588.jpg

Dennis Schroder's first game as the front man for the Atlanta Hawks just happened to be the night that countryman Dirk Nowitzki joined Kobe Bryant as the only players to reach 20 seasons with the same team.

The young guard showed Germany's aging icon that maybe he can be the face of a franchise as well.

Schroder scored 28 points, fellow Euro standout Marco Belinelli added 20 in his first game for Atlanta and the rebuilding Hawks spoiled rookie Dennis Smith Jr.'s solid Dallas debut, beating the Mavericks 117-111 in the opener Wednesday.

"He is about to retire," Schroder said of the 39-year-old Nowitzki. "And to have a battle against him and compete against him is always a good feeling."

Belinelli, a familiar face for the Mavericks as a former rival with San Antonio, was 4 of 6 from 3-point range to help the Hawks in their first game after letting Paul Millsap leave in free agency and dumping Dwight Howard.

"I've seen him in Europe doing his thing for Italy, and he did it tonight," said Schroder, who led the Hawks with seven assists. "I was excited when I heard he's here. It's just great to have somebody like that coming off the bench and looking for his shots."

Smith, the first Dallas rookie to start an opener since 34-year-old teammate Devin Harris in 2004, scored his first NBA points on an alley-oop dunk to open the Dallas scoring and finished with 16 points and a game-high 10 assists.

Nowitzki scored 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting, and the surest sign yet that he's putting the franchise in younger hands came late. The 7-footer who led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011 sat during the back-and-forth final minutes.

Dewayne Dedmon followed a miss by Schroder for a layup to put Atlanta up 113-111 with 58 seconds left. Taurean Prince rebounded a missed 3 from Belinelli with the shot clock off and made both free throws for a four-point lead.

"I think it was just a couple of blown coverages," Smith said of the Mavs getting outscored 6-0 in the final minute. "Stuff that shouldn't have happened but it did unfortunately. It's stuff that we can fix."

Schroder was 13 of 26 from the field, with all but three of his shots coming inside the 3-point line as the 24-year-old in his fifth season attacked the basket repeatedly.

"He's kind of our engine," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "When he's aggressive, that's when he's at his best and we're at our best."

Nerlens Noel matched Smith with 16 points, his most since coming to Dallas at the trading deadline last season, and had 11 rebounds. Wesley Matthews scored all of his 15 points in the second half. Harrison Barnes scored 14 but was 3 of 13 from the field.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: G Seth Curry, Golden State star Stephen Curry's younger brother, missed the opener with a stress fracture in his lower left leg. He's out indefinitely. ... Noel had two double-doubles in 22 games with Dallas last season.

Hawks: Won their eighth straight against the Mavericks, a streak that goes back to Oct. 30, 2013. ... Prince, a former Baylor standout playing 100 miles up the road from his college home, had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

'Other' First-Rounder
The 19-year-old Smith, the ninth overall pick and Dallas' most important draft choice since Nowitzki 19 years ago, wasn't the only first-round rookie to play well. Atlanta's John Collins, the 19th pick, scored 14 points.

Brief Break
Smith asked out of the game and limped through the tunnel in the second quarter after landing awkwardly on his left leg when he was fouled on a dunk. He returned later in the quarter, and said after the game it was just a "quick breather" after a hard collision.

Up Next
Mavericks: Sacramento at home Friday night in a "20-20" matchup: Vince Carter, Nowitzki's former teammate, is also in his 20th season.

Hawks: At Charlotte on Friday night.



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<![CDATA[Pat Doney Previews the Mavs' 2017-18 Season]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:24:16 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Doney-MavsPreview-101817_1200x675_1076460099933.jpg

NBC 5 Sports' Pat Doney says there are lots of reasons to be excited about the Dallas Mavericks in 2017-18, including Dirk Nowitzki's 20th NBA season.]]>
<![CDATA[Cuban: Mavs Will Honor Flag, Respect Those Who Disagree]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:50:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cuban_on_Anthem_6p_101617.jpg

As North Texas community advocates urge Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to allow his players to take part in protests during the national anthem, another Dallas team owner says America was built on disagreements.

When asked about the controversy surrounding the national anthem at games during practice Monday, Mavericks owner Cuban suggested it's the media — not the fans — taking note.

"Just walk through the concourse of a game while the national anthem is playing. The whole place doesn't stop," Cuban said.

While Cuban told reporters he believes fans aren't keeping score before the game begins, he did share his own love for the flag, along with plans to honor it in a special tribute video before games.

"We're going to make a proactive effort to recognize that it's an important symbol for this country, but we're also going to recognize that what it stands for is the right for people to disagree and to stand up for your beliefs. This country was built on people disagreeing," Cuban said.

Cuban added that he's encouraging players with something to say to do so in the tribute video.

"They can say exactly what's on their mind, so they control the narrative and the media doesn't," Cuban said.

Cuban tempered some of his own political aspirations, saying he'd only make a run for the presidency if he were single.

He did, however, say he's working on his own healthcare plan he'd be happy to share with the current administration.

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Cuban Says America Was Built on Disagreements]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:28:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cuban_on_Anthem_6p_101617.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says disagreements like the one over protests during the national anthem are what make our country great.]]>
<![CDATA[Cuban Says He'd Run for President If He Was Single]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:58:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cuban_Says_Hed_Run_for_President_if_He_Was_Single_1200x675_1074362947642.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said on Monday that he'd run for president if he was single. He also said he's working on a heath care plan.]]>
<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Says Mavs Will Honor Flag]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:42:31 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark_Cuban_Says_Mavs_Will_Honor_Flag_1200x675_1074356803707.jpg

Dallas Mavs owner Mark Cuban said on Monday that the team will honor the American flag, but said it's everyone's right to protest if they want to.]]>
<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Says Mavs Tickets Are Very Affordable]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:12:10 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark_Cuban_Says_Mavs_Tickets_Are_Very_Affordable_1200x675_1074351171629.jpg

On Monday, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told the media that tickets to the Mavs games have been made more affordable.]]>
<![CDATA[Hornets Top the Mavericks 111-96 in Preseason Action]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:39:05 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-501164856.jpg

Kemba Walker scored 17 points and Johnny O'Bryant III had all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter for Charlotte as the Hornets beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-96 on Friday.

O'Bryant was 5 for 5 from the field and 3 for 3 from the foul line in the fourth, helping the Hornets (2-3) pull away with a 29-15 spurt.

Harrison Barnes scored 24 for Dallas (4-2).

MAVERICKS: Dennis Smith Jr. closed his preseason with 10 points and nine assists. ... Dirk Nowitzki had 14 points and J.J. Barea added 13.

HORNETS: Dwight Howard grabbed 12 rebounds, helping Charlotte win that battle 50-37. ... Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon each scored 14.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Take Tempered Expectations into Nowitzki's 20th Season]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:22:37 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*125/GettyImages-649527260.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki just wants to have fun while joining Kobe Bryant as the only players to spend 20 seasons with a single NBA franchise.

For the big German, that means helping the Dallas Mavericks make the playoffs. Even better, the 13-time All-Star would love to win a series or two, which the Mavericks haven't done since Nowitzki led them to their only championship in 2011.

While there's excitement over rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas' most important draft pick since Nowitzki in 1998, the Mavericks will likely have to overachieve to avoid missing the postseason for the second straight year.

That hasn't happened since Dallas was a sad-sack franchise wrapping up the abysmal decade of the 1990s, and a young Nowitzki was still learning his way in the NBA. The Mavericks missed last year because of an injury-plagued 4-17 start, the worst since the year before he arrived.

"I think we need to start a little better," Nowitzki said. "Just always chasing. That costs a lot of energy, so hopefully we come out of the gates a little better. Create a little more energy than we did last year at the beginning. Hopefully have a decent season."

Harrison Barnes is now the primary scoring option. Going into his second year, his idea of fun most certainly isn't a 33-49 record just two years removed from winning a championship with Golden State.

"I think it comes down to we've got to make the playoffs," said Barnes, who led Dallas at 19.2 points per game last season. "That's where it has to start. If you don't make the playoffs, it's like where did we really improve from last season."

The Mavericks think they improved in the draft, which probably hasn't happened in more than a decade. Missing the playoffs for just the second time in 17 seasons led to the ninth overall pick and Smith, who left N.C. State after one season and won't turn 20 until late November.

Coach Rick Carlisle is banking on Smith's athleticism and depth at point guard improving the tempo after the Mavericks were one of the slowest teams in the league last season. Dallas is also much younger than the start of last season, even with the 39-year-old Nowitzki.

Carlisle said the challenge will be playing faster while becoming a good defensive team.

"I think we can do it," he said. "I think we have the toughness. I think we have the wherewithal. There aren't many people expecting much out of our group, but I believe in these guys."

Story lines with Carlisle coming off just his second losing season in 15 years as a head coach:

NOEL FACTOR

Center Nerlens Noel had to settle for a $4.1 qualifying offer after failing to get the max deal he coveted as a restricted free agent. He's playing for a payday next summer, but will mostly come off the bench because the Mavericks are better at the start of games with Barnes at power forward and Nowitzki at center.

"I'm really locked into having a great year, no matter what. Just keep it simple," he said.

20 AND COUNTING?

Nowitzki isn't hiding his satisfaction over making it to 20 seasons, as Bryant did with the Lakers, crediting the single franchise thing to owner Mark Cuban buying the team during Nowitzki's second season.

"He's obviously a big part of why I've been here so long, him being loyal to me and making the decision to make me his franchise player and stick with me through a lot of disappointments," Nowitzki said.

BEVY OF GUARDS

There are five potential point guards in Smith, Seth Curry, Yogi Ferrell, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea. Combinations of two of those will be on the court plenty as well, once Curry returns from a stress reaction in his left leg that has him sidelined indefinitely. Ferrell is expected to start until Curry is ready.

LOW TURNOVER

Other than drafting Smith, the Mavericks didn't have any significant roster changes after dumping aging veterans Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut at the trading deadline last season.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavs Dancers Host Calendar Release Party]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:20:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MAVS+DANCERS.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks Dancers released their 2017-2018 12-month calendar at a party Thursday evening. The 28-page swimsuit calendar features the newest team. All 18 dancers were on hand to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. For the first time ever, a digital version of the calendar will be available on Mavs.com beginning Friday, October 6th.

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<![CDATA[Magic Beat the Mavs 112-89 in Preseason Match Up]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:05:50 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/154565903-basketball-generic.jpg

Aaron Gordon had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Nikola Vucevic added 14 points in Orlando's home preseason debut. Dallas' Dennis Smith, the No. 9 overall pick in the June' draft scored all 13 of his team-high points in the first half on a night when the Mavericks left most of their starters and veterans at home.

DALLAS: The Mavericks brought a skeleton crew into Amway Center with several of the veterans and coach Rick Carlisle not making the trip on a preseason back-to-back. Starters Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes did not make the trip along with veteran reserves Nerlens Noel, J.J. Barea, Josh McRoberts and Devin Harris. Carlisle did not make the trip because he was ill. Associate head coach Melvin Hunt stood in for Carlisle.

ORLANDO: Rookie first-round draft pick Jonathan Isaac struggled in his home debut, converting just one of five from the field to finish with just two points, three rebounds and two blocked shots in 17 minutes. Recent Hall of Fame inductee and former Magic star Tracy McGrady sat courtside. ... Forward Adreian Payne suffered a fractured left hand during Tuesday night's practice. Payne is a two-way player for the Magic, who appeared in 18 games last season with Minnesota.

UP NEXT: The Mavericks (2-1) are off until Monday when they will host Orlando. The Magic (1-1) will host the Miami Heat on Saturday night.



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<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Meets 'Swish' the Guide-Dog-in-Training]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 18:39:36 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk_with_Swish_100517_1200x675_1063867971561.jpg

Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki meets "Swish," a puppy in training to be a guide dog for Guide Dogs For The Blind dog school.]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk Celebrates 20th Mavs Season With His Namesake Puppy]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 18:41:20 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk+nowitzki+and+swish.jpg

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki met his namesake Tuesday as he prepares to enter his 20th season with the team.

"Swish," an 8-week-old yellow Labrador Retriever is a puppy in training to be a guide dog for Guide Dogs For The Blind dog school.

The puppy will spend the next year with a puppy-raising volunteer before entering formal training school, the team said.

Nowitzki welcomed Swish to the team's media day, where he carried the puppy around in his arms to meet his teammates and pose for photos.

The Mavericks open up the regular season on Wednesday, Oct. 18 against the Atlanta Hawks at the American Airlines Center.

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Coach Carlisle to Miss Orlando Game Due to Illness]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:24:01 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rick_Carlisle_on_Dirks_20_Years_1200x675_1054526019989.jpg

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle did not make the trip to Orlando for a preseason game against the Magic due to illness.

Dallas officials said associate head coach Melvin Hunt will stand in for Carlisle on Thursday night.

Carlisle was not alone in not making the trip. Veterans Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Nerlens Noel, J.J. Barea, Josh McRoberts and Devin Harris also will not be in Orlando to face the Magic.

The Mavericks (2-0) are coming off a 118-71 home win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. Assistant coach Kaleb Canales also did not make the trip to Orlando so that he can remain in Dallas to work with the veteran players who remained at home.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Owner Mark Cuban 'Considering' a Bid for President]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 21:40:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mark-cuban-donald-trump.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he is considering making a bid for president of the United States.

The billionaire investor and entrepreneur appeared on the podcast "Viewpoint with Bakari Sellers," and was asked if he is thinking about running.

"Considering? Yes. Ready to commit to it? No," Cuban told Sellers, a former South Carolina state representative.

Cuban also told CNBC's "Fast Money" on Tuesday that he's "actively considering" a run for the presidency, but he said there's a 90 percent chance he won't run, citing his wife's displeasure with the idea.

"Based off what's happening in the White House, based off what's happening in the country and the world, we need better leadership. And I think I could do a better job," Cuban told CNBC. "But there's a lot more to it than just thinking you can do a better job and so, I'm not ready to make the commitment."

The Mavs' owner has been outspoken about his political beliefs, which he told Sellers are "independent all the way through."

"I try to look at every situation differently. I try to be objective. I try to be informed. And if I'm informed, hopefully I can come to a conclusion that I believe in an am willing to back and do something about," Cuban said on "Viewpoint."

LISTEN:Hear the full podcast, "Viewpoint with Bakari Sellers," by clicking here.

Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, professor and chair of political science at the University of North Texas, says if Cuban indeed decides to run against Trump it would be "a campaign like we've never seen before."

"What he's saying there is he would run on policy, which sounds great. This is tricky, because most voters don't vote on policy. They vote on emotion, they vote party, so what he's projecting is something more that would be even more revolutionary than Donald Trump," Eshbaugh-Soha said. "He would need a coalition that would transcend parties. He would really have to motivate the American people to be engaged with solving policy problems."

Eshbaugh-Soha said a challenge for Cuban would be attracting moderate Republicans further away from Trump

"He might be able to able to do it. It would be difficult, [but] I hope he tries," Eshbaugh-Soha said.

During the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, Cuban was harsh in his criticism of then-Republican nominee Donald Trump, issuing a pledge of $10 million to a charity of Trump's choice in exchange for a four-hour sit-down interview on his policies. Trump did not take him up on the offer.

Cuban told NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs, on his NBC Sports Radio show, that he voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and that the Mavs wouldn't stay at Trump hotels while traveling.

Recently, Cuban has donated use of the Mavs' team plane to ferry relief supplies to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, home of Mavs player JJ Barea.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Mavs Plane Sends Relief to Puerto Rico]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:50:06 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_Back_to_PR.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks used their team plane to send more relief supplies to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.]]>
<![CDATA[JJ Barea Loads More Supplies For Puerto Rico]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:09:19 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JJ_Barea_Loads_More_Supplies_For_Puerto_Rico_1200x675_1057279043895.jpg

JJ Barea and other volunteers were on hand loading the Dallas Mavericks team plane with more relief supplies headed back to Puerto Rico. Video shows trucks and trailers full of cases of water being loaded onto the team plane. Mark Cuban has donated the use of the plane for Puerto Rico relief efforts.

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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Donates Mavs Plane to Puerto Rico Relief Effort]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 21:37:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark_Cuban_Donates_Plane_to_Puerto_Rico_Relief_Effort.jpg

Dallas Mavericks player JJ Barea landed at Dallas Love Field just before 7 p.m. Tuesday night and walked off the team plane with family and friends from Puerto Rico in tow.

"My grandmother's here," Barea said talking to reporters. "We had to get her out."

Barea's grandmother was among several family and friends brought to Dallas from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, including the mother of a close friend who was expecting twins any day, and a woman whom Barea just met who needed to get to the East Coast for a transplant operation.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban donated use of the team plane so Barea could bring donations of generators, water, medicine, and supplies to his native Puerto Rico.

"I'm thankful for my contacts here," Barea said. "I'm a family guy, and the Dallas Mavericks are a family."

Barea talked with NBC News correspondent Gabe Gutierrez in San Juan, Puerto Rico, earlier on Tuesday. 

Barea told Gutierrez that the Mavericks' plane staff flew himself and some close Puerto Rican friends from Dallas to the island along with a planeload of supplies. 

Airport workers were seen unloading generators, cases of water, diapers, baby wipes, first aid kits and other necessary supplies. 

He said he was only making a quick stop at the island and hoped to be able to tour some of the devastated areas before leaving to pick up more supplies.

"When I go down there after the season is over, you look out the window and you see beautiful. You see green, you see the water is blue, you see people having fun, you see the houses are nice," Barea said. "You look out the window today and it's like a bomb exploded."

Barea said anyone who can help should, now. 

"I'm just trying to get the word out Puerto Rico is really in a bad spot and it's gonna be like that for a while," Barea said. "Hopefully the help gets there and we keep getting better."

Barea said he has several more 18-wheelers full of donations. He is working with Cuban to arrange another donation flight to Puerto Rico.

HOW TO HELP:To donate to Barea's crowdfunding campaign to assist Puerto Rico, click here.

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Cuban Opens Up on Players' Protests During Anthem]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:27:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mark-cuban-donald-trump.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said it's up to his players as to how they want to respond to the president's comments on athletes protesting during the national anthem.

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<![CDATA[A Chance to Rebound for the Mavericks This Season]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 21:12:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs+media+day.jpg

Work is underway for the Dallas Mavericks as the team hits the court for practice with the 2017-18 season right around the corner.

Last season was a tough one in Dallas. The Mavs got off to a slow with a 3-14 record after the first two months and never really recovered after that. They finished 33-49, which was fifth in the Pacific Division and 11th overall in the Western Conference. Vegas odds have them around 35 wins this season.

The Mavs first preseason game is Oct. 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. They will play three of the six preseason games in downtown Dallas. The Mavs will also open the season on their home court on Oct. 18 against the Atlanta Hawks.

JOINING THE TEAM: Despite the rough patches, the Mavs did have some bright spots with the emergence of three new players on the roster last season. The addition of forward Harrison Barnes added more scoring punch, with Barnes at times being the “go-to guy” late in games. Guard Yogi Ferrell impressed the front office enough during his two 10-day contracts to earn a multi-year deal.  The Mavs also added some help on the inside, acquiring forward/center Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers before the trade deadline.

WELCOME TO THE LEAGUE, ROOKIE: Getting point guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft is considered a steal for the Mavs. Smith put on a show during the Las Vegas Summer League and is considered the trendy pick for Rookie of the Year. 

“I just take everything in stride,” Smith said. “I know what I’m capable of and I’ve got expectations for myself so I’m hoping to fulfill them. I have a simple mindset and that is to come in and play the best basketball I can play. I’m really locked in on having a great year.”

Head coach Rick Carlisle said he felt Smith would be his starter at the position when they took the 19-year old from North Carolina State. Needless to say, expectations are high being a Top 10 draft pick in the league.

“Don’t worry, I’ll manage expectations,” Carlisle replied with a smile. “I understand the level of excitement. People should be excited.  This kid is going to show some really amazing things that we haven’t seen at the point guard position for this franchise. That said; this is a learning process. That’s a lot of responsibility but he needs to learn quickly and the best way for a guy like him to learn quickly is to be thrown out there and be put in a position to have to do it.”

FACE OF THE FRANCHISE: Dirk Nowitzki is entering his 20th season in the NBA, all with the Mavs. The 39-year old has also left the door open to return after this season.

The Big German was selected ninth overall in the 1998 NBA draft by the Bucks before being acquired by the Mavs in a draft day trade. Since then he’s become a future Hall of Famer, currently ranking sixth on the NBA all-time scoring list.

So when entering the 20th year in the league, is the game still as fun as before?

“As a rookie, I didn’t have that much fun,” Nowitzki said. “It was tough, everything was new. I was more anxious and nervous. I didn’t know if I was going to make it at the time in this league. So fun-wise, I’m definitely having more fun in my 20th season. Looking forward to getting it going again and not taking it for granted.”

TEACHING BASKETBALL TO THE WORLD: During the Mavericks Media Day on Monday, Carlisle announced that the National Basketball Coaches Association is partnering with eCoach, a digital platform where NBA coaches provide video content incorporating basketball skills instruction.

“This is a great opportunity for us to help grow the game in virtually any country all over the world,” Carlisle said. “Today is our official launch day so we are really excited about that.”



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<![CDATA[Mavs Media Day: Cuban on Trump, Players Having a Voice]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:11:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk_Nowitzki_on_20_Years_in_Dallas_1200x675_1054486595593.jpg

Following a weekend where hundreds of NFL players protested during the national anthem, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said on CNBC he wants to give his players a platform to share their thoughts and views.

"I told our folks that I want to give everybody a chance, all of our players and management, to go on camera and have the question asked of them, 'What does the United States of America mean to you?' And is there a topic you'd like to speak about on camera? If we want -- if they would like to have, as a team, their feelings aired on our Jumbotron before a game then rather than trying to make a point through a secondary action, whether it's taking knees, joining arms, whatever it may be, let's just say what's on our mind and let's be clear to fans what we think," Cuban said on CNBC Monday. "If we can take it from there and start a discussion in our community that's a good thing."

The NFL player protests during the Star-Spangled Banner began last year when quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest police brutality against minorities. Since that time only a smattering of the league's roughly 1,700 players have joined him; during week two of the NFL season there were a total of six players who took part.

That changed this weekend when President Donald Trump took aim at professional athletes, first attacking protesting NFL players during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, saying, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired, he's fired."

Trump followed that up Saturday by rescinding an invitation to Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry upon learning he said he'd vote against the championship team visiting the White House.

On Sunday Trump tweeted he was pleased to share the NHL Champion Pittsburgh Penguins would visit the White House and called them a, "Great team!"

Following the president's comments Sunday more than 200 players either took a knee or refused to step onto the field during the national anthem.

The president on Monday jumped back on Twitter tweeting that the number of players who protested was a small percentage, that fans demand respect for the flag and that the issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race, rather it has to do with respect for our country, the flag and the national anthem.

In his interview Monday morning, Cuban addressed Trump's comments directly saying that instead of tweeting the president should get off his phone and open a book.

"I don’t expect him to apologize, but, you know, if this is the new presidency where our president wants to mix it up, and obviously he does, whether it’s North Korea, God help us, or sports, or me, or public figures, or anybody, then this is the new world. This is the new reality we live in and that makes him fair game," Cuban said. "I don’t think anything’s going to change one way or the other. This is who he is."

Monday is also the Mavericks' media day, the day the players meet with the media for interviews and photographs ahead of the upcoming season. During the Q&A with media, many of the players were asked about the president's comments and the large number of players who took a knee during NFL games Sunday.

Dirk Nowitzki, who is entering his 20th season in Dallas, said Monday people need to do their best to stick together and promote love in these divisive times. While the current champions are not planning a stop at the White House, he recalled fondly visiting the White House in 2011 after the Mavs' championship win and said it was an honor to be there and to present President Barack Obama with a jersey and basketball.

Mavs forward Harrison Barnes said he found it surprising President Trump would take the time to single out Steph Curry and thought the original message by Kaepernick had been lost with more players reacting Sunday to Trump instead of the original cause.

"It's bizarre, but at the end of the day it's still sad that a year after Kaepernick takes that knee we're still not talking about the actual issue which he took the knee for -- police brutality, systemic racism and things like that," Barnes said. "Now it's made more about Trump than what the actual cause was."

Head coach Rick Carlisle said he supports his players and whatever course of action they choose to take, if they choose to take one -- but that he was ready to talk about basketball.

"We met with our players again today and told them that we support them 100 percent - whatever they decided to do," Carlisle said. "My understanding is that they're going to talk about it and they're going to decide as a team what the best course of action is -- if there is a course of action."

Carlisle then said, "You know, I support my players. In terms of the politics of it, today is media day for the Dallas Mavericks and it's time to talk about basketball."

The Dallas Mavericks open up the preseason Oct. 2 against the Bucks.

Watch Mark Cuban's interview with CNBC's “Squawk on the Street” here.


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<![CDATA[Mavs Rookie, 19, Jokes About Dirk's Age]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:39:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dennis_Smith_on_Dirks_Age_Guidance_1200x675_1054553155845.jpg

During media day Monday, Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr., 19, jokes about 20-year NBA vet Dirk Nowitzki's age before saying he's thankful for the opportunity to play with him.]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki: Entering 20th Season is Special]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:07:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk_Nowitzki_on_20_Years_in_Dallas_1200x675_1054486595593.jpg

Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki says entering his 20th season in the NBA is special and he's glad it's been in one place and that he wouldn't want to be anywhere else.]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk's 20 Years in Dallas is 'Amazing': Rick Carlisle]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:48:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rick_Carlisle_on_Dirks_20_Years_1200x675_1054526019989.jpg

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle says Dirk Nowitzki's 20-year run with the same team is amazing and that most people may not be able to really fathom the amount of work he puts in.]]>
<![CDATA[Harrison Barnes on NFL Protests, Trump]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:42:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Harrison-Barnes-2017-09-25-15-38-16.jpg

Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes talks about President Donald Trump's tweets and the protests made by athletes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki on NFL Protests, Trump Comments]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:12:01 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk_Nowitzki_on_Protests_and_Trump_1200x675_1054466115775.jpg

When asked about comments made by President Donald Trump, Dirk Nowitzki says people need to do their best to stick together and promote love in these divisive times. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Coach Rick Carlisle on Trump, Sports and Politics]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:44:28 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Carlisle_on_Trump_Sports_and_Politics_1200x675_1054524995756.jpg

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle says he supports his players if they want to protest, but he's ready to focus on basketball.]]>
<![CDATA[Carlisle Plans to Start Rookie Dennis Smith Jr.]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:51:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Carlisle_Plans_to_Start_Dennis_Smith_for_Mavs_1200x675_1054523971658.jpg

During media day Monday, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said he plans to start rookie Dennis Smith Jr. and that people should be excited to see him play. "This kid is going to show some really amazing things that we haven't seen at the point guard position, ever, with this franchise."]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Rookie Looking Forward to First Season]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:57:05 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dennis_Smith_Looking_Forward_to_First_NBA_Season_1200x675_1054552643599.jpg

Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. says fans have a right to be excited and that the team has a lot of great pieces to compete in the upcoming season. Smith also joked about the video game version of himself in NBA 2K18, describing him as "a monster."]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Awarded H. Neil Mallon Award]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:15:10 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/502803078.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki was awarded the prestigious H. Neil Mallon Award Friday night at a gala dinner for 1,000 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

The Mallon is awarded by the nonprofit, nonpartisan World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth, who had this to say about Nowitzki's honor:

"Nowitzki, the 34th recipient of the award, was honored for his continuing, exemplary work as a humanitarian and international ambassador for Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas and the nation. The award is named for the Dallas industrialist, Dresser Industries President H. Neil Mallon, who founded the Council in 1951 as a means of making North Texas a center for international business and cultural connections.

Marjorie Adams, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council, said, "Tonight we honored an international icon for the city of Dallas. A celebration of his nearly 20 years of big-hearted, principled ambassadorship for our city is long overdue."

Mark Followill, Dallas Mavericks television play-by-play announcer, conducted an on-stage conversation with Dirk Nowitzki after the award presentation by the Honorable Michael Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas.

A legendary power forward and 13-time NBA All-Star, Nowitzki led Dallas to its first National Basketball Association title in the 2010-2011 season. He is the first European to win the NBA's Most Valuable Player honor and last year became one of just six players in NBA history and the first international player to score at least 30,000 points. Nowitzki has spent his professional basketball career with the Dallas Mavericks since the 1998 NBA draft. Off-court, his philanthropic efforts have earned him many honors. In 2013, he was named Germany's UNICEF Goodwill ambassador with the mission of fighting childhood malnutrition and promoting healthy lifestyles around the world. Dirk and his wife, Jessica, are the guideposts for the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, which through its programs lifts the spirits of children in neighborhoods and classrooms by providing tangible evidence of hope for the future.

Honorary dinner chairs of this dinner which raises funds for the programs of the World Affairs Council were the Honorable Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth, the Honorable Michael Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas, and Tiffany Stewart and Mark Cuban. The dinner chair was Marjorie A. Adams. The host committee included Charlotte and Shy Anderson, Lindsay and George Billingsley, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Rebekah and Michael Finley, Joyce and Tim Goss, Kenny Goss, Sue and Jimmy Gragg, Faisal Halum and Brian Bolke, Georgina Hartland, Nasiba and Thomas Hartland-Mackie, Kari and Troy Kloewer, Jamahl and Kristina Mosley, Dr. Nimesh Patel and Bina Palnitkar Patel, Jan Miller and Jeff Rich, Myrna and Bob Schlegel, Anne and Steve Stodghill, and Kimberly and Justin Whitman.

Previous recipients of the Mallon Award include developers Trammell Crow and Lucy Crow Billingsley, business executives H. Ross Perot and Ross Perot Jr., retired Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President and CEO Richard Fisher, real estate legend Ebby Halliday Acers and Maurice Acers, AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, Exxon Mobil Corp. Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson, Dallas oilman Ray L. Hunt, U.S. Vice President Richard Cheney and President George H.W. Bush. Last year's recipient was American Airlines Group's Chairman and CEO Doug Parker.

The World Affairs Council is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated since 1951 to educating and engaging the public on foreign policy and global issues. Information regarding membership and programs is available online at dfwworld.org. For additional information call 214-965-8413.

Since its founding in 1951, the mission of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth has been to provide relevant information about global issues, challenges and opportunities while establishing North Texas as a center for international interests and business.



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<![CDATA[Noel Taking $4.1M Qualifying Offer From Mavs: AP]]>Sat, 26 Aug 2017 18:58:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649526792.jpg

Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel has decided to wait a year to try to cash in as a free agent.

Two people with knowledge of the agreement said Saturday that Noel accepted a $4.1 million qualifying offer for one year, essentially betting on himself that he can get something closer to a max contract as an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Noel's decision as a restricted free agent means he can't sign a long-term deal until after the upcoming season, one of the people told The Associated Press. Both spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the contract is pending NBA approval.

The Mavericks acquired the 23-year-old Noel at the trade deadline last season when they were out of contention and retooling to get younger. He averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 22 games with Dallas, which missed the playoffs for just the second time in 17 seasons.

The 6-foot-11 Noel hoped to get a max deal this year, with the likelihood that the Mavericks would have matched an offer sheet from another team after including young swingman Justin Anderson and a protected first-round draft pick in a deal with Philadelphia in February.

But Noel has never averaged more than 11.1 points or 8.1 rebounds in three seasons after missing his rookie year with a left knee injury suffered in his only season at Kentucky, where he was a shot-blocking phenom. The sixth overall pick in 2013 has career NBA averages of 10 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

The Mavericks envision Noel as an athletic rim protector who can also guard away from the basket, and they have hopes that he can become more of a scoring threat. He's potentially part of a young core alongside 39-year-old Dirk Nowitzki after Dallas used a rare high draft pick on former North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr.

Dallas made another commitment to youth a year ago by signing Harrison Barnes to a max deal as a restricted free agent out of Golden State. Barnes became expendable when the Warriors reached a deal with Kevin Durant.

Barnes, who turned 25 in May, led the Mavericks at 19.2 points per game last season, and undrafted rookie Yogi Ferrell emerged as a viable point guard. The Mavericks see Ferrell as a better fit as a backup, which he is likely to be along with J.J. Barea and Devin Harris behind the newcomer Smith.

There are still questions about how Noel fits in the rotation because Barnes was most effective at small forward, which meant Nowitzki had to play center when they were on the floor together. But Smith's arrival will make for an intriguing question of how good Noel can be as his pick-and-roll partner.

AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski contributed to this report.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavs Center Noel Switches Agents in Search of Max Deal]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:05:59 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/uspresswire-mavericks-nerlens-noel.jpg

So Nerlens Noel fired his agent and will sign with Dan Fegan.

Big whoop.

He still isn’t going to get a max deal from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban this summer. Cuban would be foolish to pay the 23-year old more than he has to. 

No other NBA clubs tried to sign the restricted 6-11 center.

He has a one year qualifying offer of $5.8 milliion on the table but it’s not to his liking so he switched agents.

“We’re in a holding pattern,” is what Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle told me back in July on NBC Sports Radio when I brought up the contract talks between Dallas and Noel. The NBA salary cap didn’t go up has high as many previously projected, so the summer of 2017 was not a bonanza some players hoped for.

Noel is upset and wants his money but is a deal worth $12 million or $13 million a year worth passing on? With Noel’s injury history, he might want to jump on that. The Mavs and other NBA teams understand he has an injury history. 

We’re talking about a guy who averaged 8.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. That doesn’t scream “Max Contract” if you ask me. By the way, the “max” is almost $25 million a year. 



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Announce 2017-18 Season Schedule]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:49:06 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649527250.jpg

The NBA schedule is out and the Mavericks will start the season in front of the home crowd.

Dallas will play four of their first five games in downtown Dallas, opening against the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 18. The Mavericks will face the defending world champion Golden State Warriors twice at American Airlines Center with the first matchup happening on Oct. 23. LeBron James and the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers will make their only trip to Dallas on Nov. 11.

The Mavericks will play a season-high 16 games during the month of December, ten of those on the road that includes trips to Boston, Golden State, San Antonio, Miami and Oklahoma City. Ten of the Mavericks’ final 15 games will also be on the road. The regular season finale is on April 10 against the Phoenix Suns in Dallas.

The NBA is making the effort to extend the regular season across a couple of weeks in October in order to cut down on back-to-back games and completely eliminate the four-game, five night stretches for all teams. The Mavericks have 15 back-to-backs this season, 11 before the All-Star Break.

The 2017-18 season will also be the 20th for the face of the Mavs franchise, Dirk Nowitzki. He will become just the second player to ever play 20 seasons for one team, joining former Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant.



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<![CDATA[Mavs Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. Signs Deal with Under Armour]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:55:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs+smith+jersey.jpg

The Mavericks feel like they got a steal in this year’s NBA Draft after taking North Carolina State guard Dennis Smith Jr. in the first round. Under Armour may be feeling the same way.

The 19-year old has reportedly signed a three-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal worth as much as $2 million per year with incentives. The company plans to push him as one of its featured players right out of the gate.

Smith was picked ninth overall in this past June’s draft and signed a four-year deal with the Mavericks. During his six summer league games in Las Vegas, he averaged 17.3 points, 4.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game in under 25.9 minutes. His play earned his All-Summer League first team honors.

He joins two-time MVP Stephen Curry and Arlington Grace Prep alum Emmanuel Mudiay on the NBA roster at Under Armour. The company also has endorsement deals across the sports spectrum with Highland Park native and three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, Masters Champ and Dallas Jesuit alum Jordan Spieth, National League MVP Bryce Harper and NFL MVP’s Tom Brady and Cam Newton.

Under Armour also has one of their “Brand House” stores in Dallas, where they’re expected to feather Smith in both in-store marketing and launch products.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Sign MWC Player of Year Clavell From Puerto Rico]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 17:27:24 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-652268458.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent guard Gian Clavell, an undrafted rookie who has played for Puerto Rico's national team.

Clavell was the Mountain West Conference player of the year at Colorado State last season. He averaged a league-high 20.4 points with 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 27 games for the Rams.

The 6-foot-4 Clavell is the second Puerto Rican native with the Mavs, joining guard J.J. Barea. His signing Tuesday came three weeks after Dallas signed 6-11 forward Maxi Kleber, who is from Dirk Nowitzki's hometown in Wurzburg, Germany.

In five games with the Miami Heat's summer league team in Las Vegas, Clavell averaged 12.4 points and 1.4 assists. He shot 41 percent from 3-point range and made 11 of 12 free throws.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Reports: Mavs Sign South Carolina Guard PJ Dozier]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:07:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/59_636_dal.gif

The Dallas Mavericks have signed South Carolina guard P.J. Dozier to a partially guaranteed deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi.

Dozier, who played for the Lakers in the Summer League, was a McDonald's All-American coming out of high school.

Dozier was a significant contributor during South Carolina's Final Four run, last season. He went undrafted in 2017.

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Dennis Smith Jr. Living Up to the Hype]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:00:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6325314021.jpg

Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. is showing that he is worth the 9th overall pick and NBC 5's Newy Scruggs tells why Smith is about to get paid.

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<![CDATA[Auditions Underway to Be a Dallas Mavericks Dancer]]>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 19:25:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Auditions_Underway_to_Be_a_Dallas_Mavericks_Dancer.jpg

Participants spent the day in Dallas auditioning to be part of the Mavericks Dancers squad. The final team will consist of 20 women.]]>
<![CDATA[Stevenson Believes Mavs Could've Won Back-To-Back NBA Titles]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:42:09 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stevenson_discusses_breaking_up_2011_mavs_1200x675_994403395721.jpg

DeShawn Stevenson played a vital role on the Mavericks' 2011 championship team and talks with NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs about the break up of the squad after winning the title. ]]>
<![CDATA[Dennis Smith Sr. is Not LaVar Ball and Mavs Coach Likes it ]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 21:10:31 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/505180868.jpg

LaVar Ball and his apparel company, Big Baller Brand, have the sports world talking. Either you like the father of Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball or you don’t.

LaVar is about his brand, loves doing interviews and wants basketball fans to buy his son’s ZO2 shoes for $495 a pop.

The Mavericks have a tight father-son combo like the Ball’s in Dennis Smith Sr. and his only son, Dennis, Jr., who was drafted by Dallas in June. 

Head coach Rick Carlislr told me recently on NBC Sports Radio he wanted to spend some time with his new point guard’s father.

”I was curious to meet Mr. Smith because you know, you hear stories about dads who get involved like that and can be overbearing, too much, this, that, and the other, but I sat with him courtside during our second game out here and I found this gentleman to be one of the most solid people I’ve ever met. Extremely caring about his son. Very grounded, wants to help but isn’t overbearing and doesn’t want to get in the way of anything. Very respectful and so I think it’s a great situation for the kid to have a guy like this in his life,” Carlisle said.

The Smiths are from Fayetteville, North Carolina. It’s a city I know very well since I lived in the city two different stints in my life.

Smith is a talent who was not given anything on his way to being one of the top high school players in the nation.

The Mavs head coach is thrilled to have gotten the chance to draft the ACC Rookie of the Year from North Carolina State.

“We’re extremely excited. For some reason he fell to nine, surprising to us. Point guard is probably the most important position in our game right now so the opportunity to draft a guy like this who’s still 19 right now or maybe he just turned 20. We haven’t had a talent like this the entire time I’ve been in Dallas so this is really a great thing for us,” Carlisle said.

Smith Jr’s father is expect to be around a lot for his rookie NBA season and Carlisle said he's on board with it.

“Dennis Sr. had a major impact on junior’s life, no doubt about that. They are very close. He’s been a single parent for many, many years and you care about your son like nothing else in the world. He’s coached him on his AAU teams," Carlisle said.

Smith Sr. is not Lavar Ball and believe me, Carlisle is happy about that.

Click to hear the full interview.



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<![CDATA[Mavs, Nowitzki Agree on 2-Year, $10 Million Deal: AP Source]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 03:47:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649526708.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki has a deal with the Dallas Mavericks that sets him up to join Kobe Bryant as the only players to spend 20 seasons with one NBA franchise.

Nowitzki signed a two-year, $10 million contract Thursday that carries a team option in the second season. A person with knowledge of the deal contract provided specifics on condition of anonymity because the team didn't release the terms.

The agreement is similar to the one the Mavs and Nowitzki reached last year, although for significantly less money. Last year's contract was for two years and $50 million, and the club declined its option before free agency opened this year.

The 39-year-old Nowitzki is no longer the primary option for the Mavericks, so a $5 million deal is more in line with his role on a roster that has become significantly younger since the start of last season. The $25 million salary from a year ago was as much about Dallas paying Nowitzki for his loyalty, which included taking less money to help acquire free agents through the years.

Bryant retired following the 2015-16 season, his 20th with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the fifth player to spend at least 20 years in the NBA.

Nowitzki doesn't seem to have ruled out playing past the coming season. At the NBA awards show last week, he hinted as much during his acceptance speech for the teammate of the year award.

Regardless of how much longer he plays, Nowitzki's legacy is secure after leading the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011 as the NBA Finals MVP. The 7-foot German is also the only foreign-born player with 30,000 career points, a milestone he reached last season.

But Nowitzki wants to get back into playoff contention before he leaves after the Mavericks missed the postseason for just the second time in 17 seasons.

Nowitzki was second to Harrison Barnes in scoring last season at 14.2 points per game and could drop further with Wesley Matthews going into the third year of his deal as the starting shooting guard.

Dennis Smith, taken ninth overall in the draft, and Yogi Ferrell are two young point guards who will spend time running the pick-and-roll with Nowitzki and 23-year-old center Nerlens Noel, a restricted free agent the Mavericks are expected to keep after trading for him at the deadline last season.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavs Sign 1st-Round Pick Dennis Smith Jr. to Rookie Deal]]>Wed, 05 Jul 2017 17:07:33 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ap-ncstate-dennis-smith.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks have signed first-round pick Dennis Smith Jr. to his rookie contract.

The deal announced Wednesday came as Smith prepared to join Dallas' summer league team in Las Vegas.

The Mavericks drafted the North Carolina State freshman at No. 9 overall, their highest choice going into the draft since ending up with Dirk Nowitzki from the same spot in 1998. Dallas missed the playoffs for just the second time in 17 seasons.

Smith was the Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year before declaring for the draft. He reported to N.C. State early in January 2016 after tearing a knee ligament during his senior year in high school.

The 19-year-old Smith averaged 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists at NC State.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Sign Johnathan Motley to Two-Way Contract]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 22:02:50 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mercedes+mavericks+motley.jpg

NBC 5's Mercedes Owens has more on the Mavericks signing of former Baylor star Johnathan Motley and also explains what a two-way contract is. ]]>
<![CDATA[CP3 In Houston? Mavs Fans Don't Worry One Bit ]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:51:44 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/636287853585296794.jpg

Dear Mavs Fans,

The Houston Rockets made a trade to bring in Chris Paul from the Clippers. To quote NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, "That’s cute."

Mavericks fans don’t sweat what you are seeing in Houston … again.

Rocket uber-smart GM Daryl Morey has made trades for big names before and they have resulted in ZERO trips to the NBA Finals. I don’t see any championship banners hanging on Morey’s watch.

I’ll give him credit for bringing in big-time players and being creative, but we saw what happened with his big free agent signing of Dwight Howard to go along with James Harden: no chemistry. Harden didn’t like playing with Howard and that pairing blew up.

I have respected Chris Paul’s game since he was in college at Wake Forest. I think he’s a fantastic NBA talent. He was just named first team All NBA Defense.  BUT…what did he do in L.A.? What about New Orleans?

The fact is Paul’s never taken his team to the NBA’s Western Conference Finals. Don’t overlook that. Paul's 76 playoff games are the most for a player without an appearance in the Conference Finals. He’s been Choke City during career and should we expect that to change in Clutch City?

In his last game as a Clipper, Paul’s club lost Game Seven at home to the Utah Jazz.  And get this, it marked the fifth time the Clippers blew a playoff series in which they had a lead. CP3 is not getting it done when it counts the most.

Oh by the way, James Harden’s not been clutch in the playoffs either. His lackluster 2012 NBA Finals performance still has me shaking my head. Harden’s Rockets got put out of the 2017 playoffs in Game 6 at the Toyota Center with his underwhelming 10 points two of 10 from the field, three rebounds, seven assists and six turnovers. They got drilled by 39 points and the Spurs didn't even play their MVP-candidate Kawhi Leonard. That was shameful and Harden took heat for the loss.

I know Dallas fans get mad about Donnie Nelson. Yes, his drafts of the past have not been good. Nelson is one of the few general managers in the league that can say he put together a team that has won a NBA title. The 2011 Mavericks were not a super team but they sure beat one in the Miami Heat that featured LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Dallas native Chris Bosh.

Houston is trying to add Paul George to its roster via trade. I don’t see Carmelo Anthony coming to Houston because he was not a fan of the offense back with current NBA Coach of the Year, Mike D’Antoni was his coach in New York. Scratch that reunion in H-town. If Houston fails to land George they will be good, win another 50-games and with Paul’s playoff resume be sitting at home watch the Spurs and Warriors battle it out in the West Finals.

We will see if Houston can build a super team. The Rockets will win 50 games and entertain fans but Dallas Mavs fans should not be worried about a championship parade in Houston anytime soon.



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<![CDATA[Players Speak Before Dirk's Celebrity Baseball Game]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:14:46 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Players_Speak_Before_Dirk_s_Celebrity_Baseball_Game.jpg

Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, along with Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and tennis great Andy Roddick, meet with the media prior to the Dirk Nowitzki's Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game. Proceeds will benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation.]]>
<![CDATA[The Latest on the First Day of NBA Free Agency]]>Sat, 01 Jul 2017 12:52:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/238*120/ap-nba-adam-silver.jpg

The latest on NBA free agency (all times ET):

2:30 p.m.

Indiana center Myles Turner was in Orlando on Friday night, awoke from a nap and saw the news.

His reaction: "Wow," Turner said.

Seeing Paul George get traded by the Pacers didn't surprise Turner, the talented youngster who essentially now becomes the face of the franchise. But seeing him get traded to Oklahoma City did catch the 21-year-old Turner by surprise.

"The Thunder, of all people," Turner said on NBA TV during the broadcast of Saturday's Indiana-Orlando summer league game. "You hear the rumors of the Celtics, the Lakers, Cavs ... it was surprising."

The entire league expected George to be on the move after he informed the Pacers of his plans to leave as a free agent next summer. That forced Kevin Pritchard, who was recently elevated to take over basketball operations after Larry Bird's abrupt resignation, to find a trade before losing him for nothing.

"The future's here," the 6-foot-11 Turner said.

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12:30 p.m.

Gordon Hayward is saying hello to Miami.

Ricky Rubio is saying farewell to Minnesota.

Hayward's meeting with the Heat started Saturday morning at the team's arena -- where signage showing Hayward in a Miami uniform was displayed outside the arena and caught the attention of many fans.

A number of Heat players and staff were involved in the welcome to Hayward, including Hassan Whiteside and captain Udonis Haslem. Assistant coaches Chris Quinn and Juwan Howard were not with the Heat summer league team in Orlando for the start of play there, remaining back in Miami to be part of the Hayward pitch.

Rubio, meanwhile, posted a message on his social media accounts thanking Minnesota for his time there. The Timberwolves traded him to the Utah Jazz on Friday, a move that could have some effect on Hayward's looming free-agent decision.

Rubio paid tribute to late Wolves coach Flip Saunders, and added "I didn't know much about Minnesota, and now I'm proud to call it home."

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10:30 a.m.

Point guards are cashing in so far in NBA free agency -- and Day 1 is still a long, long way from complete.

Stephen Curry got $201 million from Golden State, Jrue Holiday got $126 million from New Orleans, Jeff Teague $57 million from Minnesota, Patty Mills $50 million from San Antonio and Shaun Livingston $24 million from the Warriors on Saturday.

Add that up, and that's nearly a half-billion dollars in commitments to those five point guards alone.

And that doesn't take into account the $168 million, four-year extension offer John Wall is considering from Washington.

Nor does that factor in the maneuvering Houston pulled off earlier this week, swinging six trades to land All-Star Chris Paul in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. Or Ricky Rubio's trade from Minnesota to Utah on Friday.

Among the top point guards still available, at least for now: Kyle Lowry, Derrick Rose and George Hill.

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9:05 a.m.

Jrue Holiday has agreed to terms on a new five-year, $126 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, who kept the point guard they wanted to initiate offense for All-Star big men Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

Agent Jason Glushon said early Saturday that the final year of the deal is at Holiday's option, adding that incentives could push the contract's total value to $150 million.

ESPN first reported that the Pelicans and Holiday had a deal.

Holiday averaged 15.4 points in 67 games with the Pelicans last season. In eight NBA seasons in Philadelphia and New Orleans, Holiday has averaged 14.3 points and 6.2 assists.

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2:55 a.m.

Gordon Hayward will start his free agency tour in Miami on Saturday, potentially on the verge of moving into the Eastern Conference for the first time in his career.

The East could use some more star power.

Stephen Curry and Blake Griffin are staying in the West. Paul George is heading to the West as well, teaming up with reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook after a surprising deal saw Indiana send him to Oklahoma City. And barely an hour into free agency, roughly $600 million in new deals were hammered out and merely awaiting signatures next week when the NBA's offseason moratorium ends.

The frenzy is underway, and there's still plenty of moves left.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[As the Draft Ends, Free Agency Looms for the Mavs and Others]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:22:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-699966738.jpg

As draft night approached, some of the heavy hitters in the NBA -- Cleveland, San Antonio, Houston, Boston, the Clippers among them -- were jockeying, making calls and looking for deals to try to position themselves to make a run at the Golden State juggernaut.

The Warriors' greatness has forced the rest of the league to do deep self-examination and be aggressive in upgrading their rosters if they're even going to have a chance to compete. The Celtics and Cavaliers were looking hard at Pacers star Paul George and Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, the Rockets and Spurs were looking at clearing cap space to make a run at some big-name free agents next week and the Knicks were, well, the Knicks.

Draft night always lays the groundwork for what will happen when the circus (officially known as free agency) begins on July 1. And with all of those contenders looking to make a splash, the biggest move was made by ... the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Wolves reunited Tom Thibodeau with Butler, giving up two promising young players in Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall pick to land one of the best two-way players in the game. The move should jumpstart Minnesota's pursuit of its first playoff spot since 2004 and, the Wolves hope, pave the way for success in free agency.

"I think it will (help) a lot," Thibodeau said. "With players, they look around the league, they see the makeup of the team, they see how they play, play together. That's the main thing. Both offensively and defensively."

The Timberwolves have long had difficulty attracting free agents to a relatively small market that spends four months of the year covered in ice and snow. Landing a top-15 player like Butler to team with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins sends a sign of how aggressive the teams could be.

The Bulls plunged head-first into a rebuild with the decision, and now it's up to the Pacers to decide if they want to do the same.

Much to the dismay of Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard, George let it be known last week that he did not plan to re-sign in Indiana when he becomes a free agent next summer. Most of the league assumes that he wants to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, who appear to be in a tug-of-war with the rival Celtics for George's attention.

"I'm confident we'll get something," Pritchard told reporters in Indianapolis on Friday.

One of the big markets affected on Thursday night was at point guard, the deepest position in the league. Philadelphia, the Lakers, Sacramento, New York and Dallas all drafted point guards in the top 10, which could diminish the options for veterans like Jrue Holiday, George Hill, Jeff Teague and Patty Mills.

The elite point guards available -- Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry -- should have no trouble finding significant contracts. With Tony Parker suffering a serious injury in the playoffs, the Spurs were reportedly trying to clear space to make a run at Paul, who is widely considered the best point guard in the league. Paul has spent the last six seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, but has yet to advance to the Western Conference finals.

The Clippers are trying to make a decision about retooling around the core of Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, but really it's a decision that depends largely on Paul's thinking. He has long struggled to win big in the postseason, and heading to San Antonio to join with Kawhi Leonard or Houston to team up with James Harden could prove to be more attractive.

Lowry figures to remain in Toronto with a Raptors franchise that he has helped put back on the map, but after that there will be few teams in the market for a high-priced starting point guard. Denver, Utah, New York and Indiana could wade into those waters. But if they look at themselves as still being a couple of year away, they might be hesitant to spend big bucks on a veteran.

Other big names available include Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap and Andre Iguodala. And while some of the very biggest names like Kevin Durant and Steph Curry figure to stay put, it only ramps up the sense of urgency for teams that have big holes to fill.

The clock is ticking and Thursday night provided the first steps toward making big improvements to the roster.

The Timberwolves rocked the boat with Butler, but the waters were calm after that, which should only mean one thing: It's about to get real choppy when the clock strikes midnight on July 1.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Newy's Take on Mavs Drafting Dennis Smith]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:59:03 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_MAVS_DRAFT_TAKE_ON_SMITH_FOR_WEB_1200x675_974250051757.jpg

Newy Scruggs talks about the Mavericks drafting Dennis Smith.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Get Their Man in NC State Point Guard Dennis Smith Jr.]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:06:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/silver-adam-cuban-mark.jpg

North Carolina State freshman point guard Dennis Smith, Jr. was still available when the Dallas Mavericks came up at No. 9 in the NBA draft -- the same spot that led them to Dirk Nowitzki nearly 20 years ago.

Coach Rick Carlisle described "thunderous" applause in the Dallas draft room Thursday night. President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson may have lost count of the chest bumps.

"This is the guy that we were after," said Nelson, who said before the draft that point guard was the team's biggest need. "And if we would have drafted a lot higher, he was the guy that we had circled."

Carlisle projected Smith as a starter, with the obvious caveat that the job won't be handed to the 19-year-old who left the Wolfpack after his freshman season, barely a year removed from tearing a knee ligament as a high school senior.

If Smith does start, he'll be the rare case of a draft pick to do so in Dallas. Nowitzki did it for about half the season in 1998-99, after the Mavericks used the sixth pick to get Robert Traylor for Milwaukee and had the Bucks take the 7-foot German with the ninth choice. That's the last time Dallas entered the draft with a top 10 pick.

The addition of Smith means four of the five starting spots are filled, because if he doesn't start, he'll likely be behind Yogi Ferrell. The former Indiana guard had a dazzling debut in Dallas that earned the undrafted rookie earned a two-year deal after joining the team on a 10-day contract.

But the Mavericks believe Ferrell is a better fit as a backup, with veterans J.J. Barea and Devin Harris also available to play point. The other three starters under contract are Nowitzki, shooting guard Wesley Matthews and forward Harrison Barnes.

Dallas is likely to match offers for center Nerlens Noel, a restricted free agent. The Mavericks acquired him at the trading deadline last season when they were retooling the roster to get younger after a woeful start led to a 33-49 finish. It was just the second time in the past 17 seasons that Dallas has missed the playoffs.

"This is a historic night for us," Carlisle said. "Playmaking is an especially important part of the NBA game now, that having guys like Dennis Smith Jr. that can create simply on their own, and on pick and rolls, pick and rolls with Dirk, is a great blessing for us to have."

Smith enrolled early at NC State in January 2016 after the high school injury so he could play as a freshman. He's the only Atlantic Coast Conference player to record two triple-doubles in the same season, and he averaged 18.1 points per game. Smith led ACC freshmen in scoring, assists and steals.

His only season with the Wolfpack was challenging because of the in-season announcement that coach Mark Gottfried wouldn't return as the team struggled to a 15-17 finish. Nelson figures that's part of the reason Smith was still around when it was the Mavs' turn.

"I can use it as fuel to the fire," said Smith, who set NC State's freshman scoring record and was the school's first top 10 pick since Tom Gugliotta went sixth to Washington in 1992. "I've been underrated my whole life. That's perfectly line with me. I'm accustomed to it."

Carlisle said the Mavericks didn't bring in Smith for an individual workout because they didn't think he would be available. The club recently sent a couple of representatives to his pro day in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Smith had a video phone conversation with Nelson, Carlisle and former Dallas guard Michael Finley, now a member of the front office.

"This is one we had to get right and one what we had to get lucky with," Nelson said. "We feel both of those things kind of fell in place. You don't want to get too excited about players, but he's got all the right stuff."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[New Look For The Dallas Mavericks Locker Room Coming]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:00:39 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-470272300.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner took a sledgehammer to the Dallas Mavericks locker room Thursday evening.

He’s not upset about anything but excited about the new changes ahead for his team. 

The Dallas Mavericks locker room will have a new look for the upcoming season.  Crews were on hand to start the demolition process of their current space.  

The state of the art facility will come with a refrigerated cup holder, tablet dock, shoe holder and many other features.  It's expected to be finished for the start of the 2017-2018 season.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Select Dennis Smith Jr. in the 2017 Draft]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:30:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6325314021.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks selected point guard Dennis Smith Jr. of North Carolina State University with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

The eight picks preceding were:

  • Markelle Fultz, Guard, Washington (76ers)
  • Lonzo Ball, Guard, UCLA (Lakers)
  • Jayson Tatum, Forward, Duke (Celtics)
  • Josh Jackson, Forward, Kansas (Suns)
  • De'Aaron Fox, Guard, Kentucky (Kings)
  • Jonathon Isaac, Forward, FSU (Magic)
  • Lauri Markkanen, NCSU (Bulls via Timberwolves)
  • Frank Ntilikina, Guard, France (Knicks)

Smith Jr. is a freak athlete, reportedly recording a 48-inch vertical, despite tearing his ACL and missing his entire high school senior basketball season. He was a top-10 recruit according to all major scouting websites, but had a disappointing freshmen season at NC State. The team went 15-17 (4-14 in ACC play) last year.

Smith was the first ACC player with two triple-doubles in conference play, according to ESPN, and averaged 18 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals in his lone season with the Wolfpack.

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said he projects Smith to be a starter in his first NBA season. 

The Mavs got a player with a decent shooting touch — 35% from three, 71% from the free throw line — and a strong handle.

The complaints against Smith are that he rushes on the offensive end and can become lazy on the defensive end, but Carlisle is known for getting the most out of players and the rookie should be no different.

Smith Jr. fills the Mavs' decencies last season as a fast, offensively-skilled point guard. He will be competing with Yogi Ferrell and Seth Curry for the starting gig this fall.



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<![CDATA[Newy Wants Mark Cuban to Draft Dennis Smith, Jr.]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:14:36 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ap-ncstate-dennis-smith.jpg

Dennis Smith, Jr. of N.C. State is the player I’ve been asking the Mavericks to draft for months now.  

The Mavs attended his pro day workout in Raleigh last week. Trade up to get him if you have to Mark Cuban. 

The Mavericks are not going to win a thing with Yogi Ferrell being their starter. Same goes for Seth Curry. They are not starting point guards on a contending team in the NBA. 

If Dallas ever plans to get out of the West and back to the NBA Finals they must get a difference making point guard. Just look at the point guards in the Western Conference: 

Golden State has Seth Curry. Two-time MVP, and he’s been to the NBA Finals three straight years with two wins.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook will probably win the MVP later this month.

Houston Point Guard James Harden should finish runner-up for the MVP award to Westbrook.

Chris Paul is still the Clippers point guard and I don’t think he will leave despite being a free agent this summer.

Memphis may have the most underrated point guard in the West, Mike Conley.

Portland has a beast in Damian Lillard.

Denver has Dallas-native Emmanuel Mudiay running the point.

Phoenix has a talented player in Eric Bledsoe.

That’s a stacked group of point guards and this is why I continue to beat the drum for Dennis Smith, Jr. Smith put up 18.1 points, 6.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game in his only season with a bad Wolfpack team that didn’t qualify for the NCAA Tournament. He was also the ACC Rookie of the Year.

Smith is the most athletic point guard, and maybe the most athletic player regardless of position, in this class. Los Angeles Daily News reporter Mark Medina reported Smith recorded a vertical jump of 48 inches during a workout with the Lakers.

His former coach at NC State Orlando Early declared about the 6-3 point guard in an interview , “He can be handling the ball and, all of a sudden, bang! and he’s dunking it,” Early said. “He’s just so explosive.”

Smith has been compared to Westbrook and former MVP Derrick Rose. "I want to win Rookie of the Year," he said Wednesday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on NBA Draft media day. "Not too many [individual] accolades, I just want to come in and be the best teammate I can be be, the best player I can be and I think everything else will take care of itself."

Need more convincing? Fran Frachilla of ESPN, who lives in Dallas, raves about him. "Three years ago (Washington point guard) Markelle Fultz, (Kansas shooting guard) Josh Jackson and Dennis Smith Jr. were all on the same level," Fraschilla said. "Dennis gets hurt before his senior year in high school, tearing his ACL. He comes back this year and plays on a dysfunctional team (at N.C. State). People were blaming him for the team not being as good, and all of the sudden the perception becomes, 'Well, maybe he’s not as good as we thought.'"

"But you’re talking about a guy who is a junkyard dog, who is strong, gets to the basket, is tough and always plays with a chip on his shoulder. He’s a kid who could slide and all of a sudden a team picking ninth, 10th, 11th goes, 'Oh my god. We’ve got to take him. It’s a no brainer.'

The Mavericks need to draft Dennis Smith, Jr. 



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<![CDATA[Will the Mavs Make Moves Before or During the Draft?]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:21:31 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/Ricky-Rubio-Lakers-Timberwolves.jpg

Mark Cuban, two months ago, admitted his Dallas Mavericks needed a pass-first point guard, and they would acquire one by any means necessary.

Then, this happened:

This leaves Mavs fans with two questions: How bad do they want Ricky Rubio or Frank Ntilikina? And, if so, how likely are they to acquire them?

With the NBA Draft just days away, the eight picks ahead of the Mavericks are mostly settled, and should look like this

  • Philadephia 76ers select Markelle Fultz
  • Picks 2-5 are likely some varying order of De'Aaron Fox, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, and Lonzo Ball, unless some major moves are made

Picks 6-10, which is where the Mavs reside (9th), is where it gets interesting.

The players most widely reported to be selected between 6 and 10 are Dennis Smith, Frank Ntilikina (who's current coach, Vincent Collet, will be coaching the Mavs summer league squad), Jonathon Isaac, Lauri Markkanen and Malik Monk.

Mike Fisher of 1053thefan.com says the Dallas front-office is all-in on Frank Ntilikina, so it can't hurt that his current coach is becoming involved in the organization. However, Fisher reported the Knicks are also high on the French point guard.

That leaves the Mavericks with few options: potentially try and set up a trade with the Orlando Magic or Minnesota Timberwolves - the teams picking 6th and 7th, respectively - or look elsewhere for their play-maker point guard.

Another issue: if they're looking to acquire Rubio, then a trade with the Timberwolves would likely include him and make drafting Ntilikina less-sensible.

So, do the Mavericks package their pick with a player like Dorian Finney-Smith or Yogi Ferrel to swap with the Magic to acquire Ntilikina?

Or, possibly trade both and maybe another player for Rubio? Rubio is a 26-year-old who's never averaged 15 point per game, but is a strong passer. However, his lack of defense likely means he'll never live up to his 5th overall selection in 2009 (he was picked ahead of Stephen Curry and DeMar Derozan).

That will be up to Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle, but if no moves are made, then the Mavs will likely be left with Markkanen and Monk to choose from - neither of which fill the team's immediate need.

Markkanen, a Finnish-born player with tons of upside, is very raw and wouldn't be expected to start - likely to watch and learn from Dirk, who he draws many comparisons to as a 7 foot European player with excellent shooting range.

Monk, another Kentucky one-and-done star with a quality jump shot of his own, is an undersized, but athletic, shooting guard. He definitely would not fit the mold as a "pass-first" point guard, if he slid down to the position, but his offensive potential could be enticing to the Mavericks.

There is the possibility that teams in the top five don't love their options and would prefer to have multiple draft picks over a top prospect, but the Mavericks lack a second round pick for the next two seasons due to trades for Nerlens Noel and Zaza Pachulia.

The team would likely have to feel very strongly to package this year's first round pick and nexts to slide up five or six spots. Maybe they do and Ntilikina is their guy.

Only time will tell and, come Thursday night, the Mavericks will be on the clock.



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<![CDATA[Dirk Named Captain of Team World at NBA's Africa Game 2017]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:50:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/uspresswire-mavericks-dirk-nowitzki.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki was named a captain of Team World in the NBA's second annual Africa Game.

Team World's full roster will be announced later this summer, but Nowitzki will team up with co-captains C.J. McCollum, of the Portland Trailblazers, and Kemba Walker, of the Charlotte Hornets.

The team will face Team Africa, captained by Luol Deng, of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Thabo Sefolosha, of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Aug. 5, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The game follows the 15th edition of Basketball without Borders Africa, where NBA coaches and players educate young players from Africa on the game of basketball and important issues, such as education and HIV/AIDS prevenetion.

Salah Mejri, Mavericks center from Tunisia, said earlier this season he would also consider participating in the event.

The NBA Africa Game 2017 is supported by UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children's Villages South Africa. The game will take place at the Ticketpro Dome - tickets will be available Thursday, June 22 at 3 a.m. CST.

Dirk also plays in the Frisco RoughRiders Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game on Saturday, June 24.



Photo Credit: CSNPhilly.com]]>
<![CDATA[Which Draft Prospect Makes the Most Sense for the Mavs?]]>Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:55:24 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs-white.jpg

The NBA Draft is Thursday, June 22 and the Dallas Mavericks need to make the most of it if they want to keep their brief struggles from turning into longer ones.

In the draft, the Mavs lucked out - this is a loaded draft class, so the team won't miss out by landing a late lottery pick.

If Mark Cuban wants to get back to winning as soon as the Dirk Nowitzki-era ends, then 'the process' starts now.

The team needs to start adding young pieces to develop around their veterans, before they are gone, and the best way to groom the next face of the franchise is alongside the current one.

The Mavs were not handed any gifts with the ninth overall pick - they finished with the ninth worst record in the league - but they can still find a quality player in the latter half of the lottery.

Last season, along with the free agent-acquisition of now 24-year-old forward Harrison Barnes, Cuban acquired an elite defensive center in 23-year-old Nerlens Noel. That is a core you can build around, but adding a young guard would go a long way in solidifying the Mavericks future.

With the team close to the salary cap ceiling of $94 million - not that it stops NBA owners from spending more - and not exactly in position to win now, the draft is a much better long-term solution than free agency. The team can acquire young talent without competing in a growing market, which saw players like Matthew Dellavedova receive a $38 million deal.

While the big name guards - Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and De'Aaron Fox - will likely be gone before the Mavericks select a player, there will be quality to choose from.

Specifically, most draft analysts consider Dennis Smith Jr. (NC State), Frank Ntilikina (France) and Malik Monk (Kentucky) a group of guard with tremendous upside.

Since the Mavericks do not have any pressing roster holes, they can select a player they want, and one of these players should be available, according to most projections.

The team was an average defensive team and a bottom-third offensive team, while playing at the league's second-slowest pace, so I think an offensive-minded guard is the move here - and that makes the selection obvious.

The Mavs should spend the next week hoping Monk falls to them; if not, Dennis Smith Jr. is a fine consolation prize.

Frank Ntilikina is a fine prospect with great size for the position, but his offensive game has major question marks. Unfortunately, for the Mavs, Ntilikina is the most likely of the three to be available.

Malik Monk, who has question marks of his own, instantly helps the Mavericks space the floor with his NBA ready three-point shot and might be one of the best fits for the Mavs, regardless of position.

Think of the former Kentucky star’s potential as an undersized Klay Thompson. He's an NBA-ready shooter that can catch fire at any moment; he's athletic enough to make up for the fact he's a small shooting guard; and many believe he can become an off-the-dribble scorer, in the NBA.

He also gets the opportunity to sit behind Wesley Matthews, who is under contract for two more seasons.

Worst-case scenario, Monk should develop into a better version of Wesley Matthews. Best-case, the Mavericks steal an elite sharp-shooter with athleticism, which is the formula behind Golden State's success.

If Monk and Smith Jr. are both off the board, however, the Mavs may want to look at Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen (a player often compared to Dirk), or consider trading back. If the team can get a couple picks later in the draft, they may be able to turn one future role player into two.

Either way, look for the team to seek out offense and athleticism to speed up one the league's slowest attacks.



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<![CDATA[Mavs' Barnes and DPD Chief Brown Host Basketball Camp]]>Sat, 10 Jun 2017 17:35:50 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/barnes+brown+bb.jpg

Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes and Dallas Police Chief David Brown hosted a youth basketball camp in Dallas to teach are youth basketball and life skills. ]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Visits Mavericks Hoop Camp]]>Tue, 06 Jun 2017 20:10:33 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk_visits_mavs_camp_1200x675_961709635738.jpg

The next generation of basketball players at the Mavs Hoop Camp in Allen got a big surprise as Dirk Nowitzki stopped by for a visit. ]]>
<![CDATA[Newy's Take: Stop Overreacting to the Mavericks Tanking]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 19:40:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_CUBAN_TAKE_FOR_WEB_1200x675_946577987538.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban admitted the Mavericks tanked after being eliminated from playoff contention. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs tells us why this isn’t a big deal.]]>
<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Admits to Mavs Tanking Games]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 22:08:16 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/494896912.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban did what many of his fans wanted him to do, tank.

Cuban admitted this to the Dan Patrick Show one day after his Mavericks were officially slated to select ninth in the June 2017 NBA Draft.

"Once we were eliminated from the playoffs, we did everything possible to lose games," Cuban said.

This is not breaking news because many NBA owners have done the same thing. Many clubs are tanking before they are officially eliminated. Cuban just had the guts to admit his team was tanking.

The Lakers were doing all they could be lose games at the end of the season to protect their lottery pick and get more chances at the top overall draft pick with a worse record.

I asked Cuban what is the way to solve team from tanking.

“The first step towards fixing an issue is admitting to the facts and reality,” Cuban replied.  “I think it should be more like free agency with each team in the lottery having more or less money based on record.”

Dallas, according to Cuban, decided to allow young players more of an opportunity to play major minutes as their strategy to lose games.

Yogi Ferrell, Nerlens Noel, Dorain Finney-Smith, Nico Brussino found themselves with lots of playing time in the final 13 games of the season.

Dallas would only win three games from March 21, 2017 to the end of the regular season.

Dallas was officially eliminated April 1 meaning they won only two of their last seven NBA contests.

Cuban told The Dan Patrick Show the Mavs players were not throwing games,  nor were they told to do so.

“Once a guy walks on the court, they're going to play their heart out, Cuban said. “Particularly the young guys because they have something to prove. So Dorian Finney-Smith, Yogi Ferrell, there's nothing you could say or do to them to say 'Don't play hard or try to lose this game.' That wouldn't be right, and I don't think NBA team would do that. But when you have Salah Mejri shooting threes -- you know the season's in the tank.”

The Mavericks finished the 2016-17 season 33-49.

One smart marketing ploy Cuban used to not admit publicly during the season the club went into tank mode was the Tony Romo Maverick For-A-Day stunt which the fans in Dallas ate up with a passion. The Romo game was the final home contest of the year for Dallas. 



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<![CDATA[Mavs to Draft 9th Overall; Boston Celtics Win NBA Lottery]]>Tue, 16 May 2017 19:25:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/ap-nba-draft-lottery-wideshot640.jpg

The 2017 NBA Draft will be held June 22, and the Dallas Mavericks will draft ninth overall.

Longtime Maverick Michael Finley represented the team at Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery, but it didn't help the Mavs' luck. The Boston Celtics landed to top spot.

I'm hoping North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. is there for the Mavs at number 9.

Here are the results of the Draft Lottery:

  1.  Boston (from Brooklyn)
  2.  L.A. Lakers
  3.  Philadelphia
  4.  Phoenix
  5.  Sacramento
  6.  Orlando
  7.  Minnesota
  8.  New York Knicks
  9.  Dallas
  10.  Sacramento
  11.  Charlotte
  12.  Detroit
  13.  Denver
  14.  Miami



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<![CDATA[Former Maverick to Represent Dallas at NBA Draft Lottery]]>Tue, 16 May 2017 09:51:49 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-478518512.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks are hoping a former player brings them a bit of luck at Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery.

Longtime Maverick Michael Finley will represent the team at the event, which begins at 7 p.m.

Each of the NBA's 14 non-playoff teams participates in the lottery. Teams receive a percentage of 1,000 four-number combinations in inverse order to their record in the 2016-17 season.

Dallas' 2016-17 record of 33-49 was ninth-worst in the NBA, so they'll have the ninth-best chance — 1.7 percent — to wind up with the first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

The league then adds 14 ping pong balls numbered 1 through 14 into a machine and draws one at random for the first, second and third picks. The next 11 teams are then slotted fourth through 14th based on regular-season record.

The Mavericks have a 6.11 percent chance of winning a top-3 pick. They have a 2 percent chance of winning the No. 2 pick and a 2.41 percent chance at the third overall pick.

Dallas will most likely pick ninth (81.31 percent) or 10th (12.2 percent). There is also a slim chance (0.382 percent) they pick 11th or 12th.

The Mavericks do not own a second-round pick in this draft. The team traded it to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a trade for Nerlens Noel.



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<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Talks Basketball Future]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:15:37 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIRK_FOR_WEB_1200x675_920792643841.jpg

At the last presser of the season, Dirk Nowitzki discusses his basketball future and his future with the Dallas Mavericks.

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<![CDATA[Fans 'Eat Up' Romo as Mav for Day: Newy]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:34:44 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs_newy_romo_take_1200x675_919274051867.jpg

After experiencing Tony Romo's Maverick for a Day game, NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs says he was wrong about it being a bad idea.]]>
<![CDATA[Fans React to Tony Romo's Mavs Debut]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:42:53 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs_romo_fans_reaction_1200x675_919274563685.jpg

Fans of the Dallas Cowboys and Mavericks show up to Tuesday night's Mavericks-Nuggets game to support former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in his Mavs debut.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Honor Tony Romo as Honorary Player in Home Finale]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:06:47 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ROMO_ARRIVES_FOR_WEB_1200x675_919073859849.jpg

Tony Romo couldn't say no when Dirk Nowitzki asked the retiring Dallas Cowboys quarterback to join the Mavericks as an honorary teammate for a day.]]>
<![CDATA[Why Dennis Smith Should Be on Mavs' Radar]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:16:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ap-ncstate-dennis-smith.jpg

The western conference is loaded with point guards. NBC 5’s Sport Director Newy Scruggs tells you which guard the Dallas Mavericks need to pick in the draft Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Nuggets Spoil Romo Day for Mavericks, Top Dallas 109-91]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 03:10:53 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/romo-mavs-podium.jpg

Coach Rick Carlisle draped his arm around Tony Romo as the crowd roared in the final minutes of the Dallas Mavericks' honorary game for the retiring Cowboys quarterback.

Fans desperately wanted to see the career passing leader for the storied Cowboys franchise get in for at least a few seconds in a meaningless 109-91 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, and he was acting like he might actually play.

It just wasn't going to happen because Romo wasn't on the roster and didn't sign a contract. He showed his football No. 9 with a white "Dallas" across the front of the jersey just once — when he was introduced with the starters before the game.

"Obviously we knew we couldn't check him in," said star Dirk Nowitzki, who helped hatch the plan to honor Romo. "We were faking it and the crowd was loving it. And they wanted to see him out there so bad. We just couldn't pull it off."

Gary Harris scored 20 points in the first game for the Nuggets (39-42) since getting eliminated from the playoffs. Nowitzki led Dallas with 21 points.

With nothing at stake in a lost season that will be the worst for Dallas (32-49) since going 20-62 in 1997-98, the Mavericks followed through with an idea that Nowitzki and owner Mark Cuban discussed weeks ago at a party after the 19-year veteran reached 30,000 career points.

Even then, it was clear Romo wasn't returning to the Cowboys. Ultimately, he decided not to play for another team after losing the starting job he held for 10 years to rookie Dak Prescott following a back injury in the preseason last year.

Romo, who turns 37 this month, had his honorary day with the Mavericks exactly a week after he announced he was leaving football to become the No. 1 NFL analyst at CBS.

After going through the morning shootaround , pregame warmups and the pretend starter introduction, Romo took the floor to address fans at the end of a brief ceremony in which Carlisle and Nowitzki also spoke.

"This is an honor that I could never dream of," said Romo, who rose to fame as an undrafted player out of lower-division Eastern Illinois in 2003. "It's a little embarrassing, but I'll tell you what, I'm a very lucky guy. Thank you, Dallas. I love you."

Wearing a dark blue warmup top, Romo sat next to Cuban, who tried to persuade Commissioner Adam Silver to let Romo play. Instead, Cuban was the one pulling Romo back to his seat with the crowd roaring and chanting his name in the final minutes.

"I told him what I was going to do and said, 'Fine me if you don't like it,"' Cuban said of his conversation with Silver. "But once he said the contract wasn't getting approved, then he kind of killed that."

The sidelines were packed with fans taking pictures and videos while Romo went through pregame warmups. He drew the biggest cheer when he hit a jumper over Devin Harris, and he hit a 3-pointer as well. But he couldn't match Harris' swish from midcourt, and shook his head over an airball on a 3-pointer.

"I feel like they're all 7 feet tall," Romo said after participating in the morning shootaround. "And they'll all long and lean. I look like a turtle out there next to these guys."

For Carlisle, the Romo plan was never about the former high school basketball standout in Wisconsin actually playing. He wanted to recognize a frequent front-row fan who always has a seat right behind where Carlisle roams the sidelines.

"There is a circus surrounding this because everybody wants to get a glimpse," Carlisle said. "We understand that. This is how we feel about a special guy who's been a very special competitor in really a very special sports market."

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews both were sidelined for rest, and Carlisle said Nowitzki wouldn't play the finale. Other regulars are likely to sit as well. ... The roster spot Dallas hoped would go to Romo ended up being DeAndre Liggins on a waiver claim from Cleveland. Carlisle said Liggins would play in the finale. ... J.J. Barea had 13 points and nine assists.

Nuggets: Coach Michael Malone said four regulars wouldn't play in the final two games: Kenneth Faried (low back pain), Jameer Nelson (right calf strain), and Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton (rest). ... Mason Plumlee and Malik Beasley scored 16 apiece and Juan Hernangomez had 14.

Cowboys Party
At least a dozen of Romo's former teammates attended, including Ezekiel Elliott, the standout rookie running back who never got to play with Romo because of the 14-year veteran's injury. The NFL rushing leader for the NFC East champs was there in Romo's No. 9 football jersey.

Longtime friend and tight end Jason Witten had a seat in the first half behind the Dallas bench near Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and Romo's last offensive coordinator in Dallas, Scott Linehan.

Up Next
Mavericks: Finale at Memphis on Wednesday.

Nuggets: Finale at Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Romo's Honorary Mavs Day Turns Spectacle for Final Home Game]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 03:20:00 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-667405536.jpg

Tony Romo couldn't say no when Dirk Nowitzki asked the retiring Dallas Cowboys quarterback to join the Mavericks as an honorary teammate for a day.

Now it's turned into a scene, with dozens of media members showing up for a morning shootaround before a meaningless final Dallas home against Denver on Tuesday night, with both teams eliminated from the playoffs.

Romo's "Mav for a day" experience came exactly a week after it was announced that he was leaving the Cowboys and joining CBS as the No. 1 NFL analyst. He lost his job as the Dallas starter to Dak Prescott last season and chose TV over pursuing a starting job with another team with his 37th birthday approaching next week.

"At first, I was just feeling like I didn't deserve any of that," Romo said of his initial first reaction to the offer. "Standing here today, I feel a little embarrassed to be honest in the sense that you're lucky enough to be in position, that someone cares enough to do something to honor you."

But Romo said it was a "no-brainer" to accept the offer of a tribute from Nowitzki and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. He was in uniform in his football No. 9 and went through pregame warmups and introductions. Carlisle said Monday that Romo wouldn't play.

When the shootaround was over, a member of the Mavericks staff whistled a circus theme song while walking past reporters. On the court, Romo was playing with his youngest son, Rivers.

A long line of media members followed Romo off the court, then filled the room where Carlisle does his game-day interviews.

"I had close to 600 text messages that I'm still working on," said Romo, the all-time leader in yards passing and touchdowns for the storied Cowboys franchise but lacking a Super Bowl title. "And 100-some calls and a bunch of other stuff.

"I guess it just makes you feel that you accomplished something in some ways," he added. "I feel like I left something out there that I always wanted to accomplish. I've got to live with that and that's part of playing sports."

Carlisle said Romo would be in the group text that sends pregame shooting times to all the players, and the plan was to include Romo in at least one team photo since his honorary day was also the team's picture day. He also has a locker.

"He has stood for all of the things that great Dallas athletes stand for," Carlisle said. "Great competitor, winner, plays hurt, the whole thing. And he's been a great supporter of the Mavericks and a good friend. We wanted to see if he would be willing to do this."

Romo was a high school basketball standout in Wisconsin and played against Caron Butler, who spent 14 years in the NBA through last season. Butler was on the Dallas roster but injured when the Mavericks won their only championship in 2011.

"I'm gonna score 20," Romo joked.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Newy Scruggs: Mavs Fans Deserve Wins Not Romo Sideshow Act]]>Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:26:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Mark-Cuban1.jpg

Tony Romo being a Maverick for a day is a distraction.


Hey MFFL don't look at this dumpster fire of a season...look at Tony Romo in the layup line.


Buy tickets to this last Mavericks home game of the season folks...even if we have a 32-48 record...come see Tony Romo dress in a Mavericks uniform and sit on the bench. Head coach Rick Carlisle says he will not play.


This is the politics of distraction, hold up that bring shiny object (ex Dallas Cowboys quarterback) and not look the Mavs race to the bottom of the standings.  Dallas has only won two of their last ten games.  They have just one 50-win season since blowing up their 2011 NBA Championship team. 


Mark Cuban is a darn good owner and I make no bones about being a fan of what he has brought to the city of Dallas since taking over ownership in 2000. I was a Mavericks season ticket owner for ten seasons. I don't own tickets anymore. I don't like everything Cuban does as the head honcho. 


The last thing fans should be rewarded for a 32-win season is watching Romo in a layup line. Give out some airline tickets again. Now THAT was a heck of a promotion fan appreciation night in 2006 when Cuban gave 20,000 fans airline tickets.


Romo as a sideshow act doesn't cut it.


Cuban is using him to sell some tickets. It's Romo's right to play along with it. This is a minor league like promotion. I hate I have to cover this thing but hey, I have bosses. They want me out there doing live shots on Tuesday.


Since I have to be there I might as well tell it like it is: This stunt is rubbish. Winning clubs don't do this. 


The Mavericks have honored many DFW sports stars without making it look like a P.T. Barnum event. 


Dallas native Jordan Spieth has won two majors in golf. The Mavs recognized him. The Mavs honored former Texas Rangers and World Series champion Pudge Rodriguez, he will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer. The club has celebrated Matt Kenseth (he's from Wisconsin) after he won the Daytona 500. They didn't suit any of these athletes who achieved milestone victories in their sport.


I'll just quote one Mavericks insider who called Cuban's Romo sideshow, "a freaking embarrassment."


Yep. That's sums it up.



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<![CDATA[Spurs Top Mavs in Game with Mostly Backups, 102-89]]>Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:09:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/505180868.jpg

Bryn Forbes scored a career-high 27 points with San Antonio resting most of its starters, and the Spurs ran past Dallas 102-89 after the Mavericks pulled most of their key veterans in the second half Friday night.

Dewayne Dedmon, the only San Antonio starter to play, had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Tony Parker made the trip but didn't leave the bench, while Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol and Danny Green stayed home with the Spurs locked in to the No. 2 seed behind Golden State in the Western Conference.

The Mavericks, playing their fourth game since getting eliminated from the playoffs, pulled Dirk Nowitzki and other veterans in the second half, when the Spurs outscored Dallas 52-28 after trailing by 16 points in the first half.

Forbes, who had 64 points with a game high of eight in his only NBA season coming in, went 4 of 9 from 3-point range. Davis Bertans, a 24-year-old rookie from Latvia, made 5 of 9 from long range and scored 19 points.

David Lee, who spent part of last season with the Mavericks, had 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

Dwight Powell led Dallas with 12 points, and rookie starting point guard Yogi Ferrell had 11. Nowitzki and fellow starters Harrison Barnes and Nerlens Noel scored eight points apiece.

The Spurs outscored the Mavericks 21-2 in a run that continued early in the fourth quarter, turning a 67-58 deficit into a 79-69 lead. Forbes and Bertans had five apiece on the run.

TIP-INS

Spurs: Manu Ginobili, who also stayed home, is listed with a right quad contusion, and Green has a left quad contusion. Dejounte Murray (left groin) also was out. ... Jonathon Simmons scored 12 points, and Kyle Anderson had nine points and 10 rebounds. ... The Spurs had a 16-6 edge on offensive rebounds.

Mavericks: G Wesley Matthews limped to the locker room in the first half after a knee-to-knee collision with Joel Anthony. He returned before halftime. ... Nowitzki passed Jason Kidd, his point guard on the championship team, and tied Duncan for seventh on the career list with his 1,392nd game.

UP NEXT

Spurs: Final home game and the fourth game in five nights Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Mavericks: At Phoenix on Sunday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Clippers Beat Mavs 112-101 Behind Griffin's 32 Points]]>Thu, 06 Apr 2017 03:29:24 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/495384084.jpg

Blake Griffin is rounding into form just in time to bolster the Los Angeles Clippers in the playoffs.

He scored 32 points — his third straight game of at least 31 — and the Clippers led all the way in beating the Dallas Mavericks 112-101 on Wednesday night. Los Angeles moved within a half-game of idle Utah for the No. 4 playoff seed in the West.

"We keep forgetting he missed a huge part of the season," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "He's getting ready."

Griffin returned Jan. 23 after missing 20 games while recovering from a procedure on his right knee.

"He's mixing it up and scoring every way," Rivers said. "He's shooting, driving and passing. When he faces up and goes, it is either a bucket or a foul. He feels healthy enough to do that more."

J.J. Redick added 25 points and DeAndre Jordan had 20 rebounds in the Clippers' fourth straight victory and eighth in 10 games. Chris Paul had 22 points and 11 assists.

Harrison Barnes led the Mavs with 15 points despite five fouls. They've lost six of seven with four games left in their season. Dirk Nowitzki was held to nine points — under his 14.4 average — a night after the 38-year-old forward sat out the Mavs' loss at Sacramento with a sore Achilles tendon.

The Clippers made their first nine shots of the game, with Luc Mbah a Moute narrowly missing a finger roll to end the stretch leading 22-6. They shot 61 percent in the first quarter and eventually led by 17.

"We made some jumpers, but we didn't break their rhythm or anything," Nowitzki said. "We just had some bad stretches there where we couldn't score. We had some bad miscommunication with defense, and they made us pay."

Dallas got within seven in the second before the Clippers extended their lead to 18 and went into halftime ahead 62-49.

Yogi Ferrell scored nine of the Mavs' first 18 points to open the third, cutting their deficit to six. The rookie guard played defense, too, stripping Paul of the ball on the baseline for a layup to complete back-to-back baskets.

"They just kept fighting," Rivers said. "They had a lot of reasons to say 'game over' and that made us keep playing."

Ferrell finished with 14 points, matching JJ Barea.

The Clippers regrouped and closed on a 17-6 run, including eight by Griffin, for a 90-73 lead going into the fourth. The spurt featured Jordan making two straight free throws, something he hadn't done all game, and Paul hitting a step back jumper in the right corner with the shot clock winding down.

Marreese Speights opened the fourth with a 3-pointer that pushed the Clippers' lead to 20, their largest of the game.

But the Mavs weren't done yet.

Nicolas Brussino rallied them within 10 on a 3-pointer from the left corner as the shot clock expired. Griffin answered with a 3 of his own before Brussino made another 3 and the Mavs were down nine.

"He's just been crazy aggressive, crazy efficient," Paul said of Griffin. "He's just been our beast, that's what we call him and stuff like that, so we are going to keep feeding him."

They got no closer, with the Clippers making all six of their free throws over the final 2½ minutes.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Nowitzki tied former Mav Jason Kidd for eighth on the NBA's all-time games played list with his 1,391st. ... Rookie Ferrell made his 25th start of the season. He replaced Seth Curry, who missed his third straight game because of a left shoulder strain.

Clippers: Redick is six 3-pointers (194) from tying his career high and single-season franchise record of 200 made. He set the mark in each of the last two seasons. ... Coach Doc Rivers is two wins from passing Mike Dunleavy (215) for most regular-season victories in franchise history. ... They split the season series 2-2.

He Said It
"We could take care of business in the next four and still not have it."
— Rivers on possibility of his team moving up to the No. 4 playoff seed.

Up Next
Mavericks: Host San Antonio on Friday. The Mavs have lost two of three to the Spurs in the season series.

Clippers: Visit San Antonio on Saturday. The Clippers have won two of three so far.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[McLemore's Big Second Half Lifts Kings Past Mavs 98-87]]>Wed, 05 Apr 2017 03:43:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509282256.jpg

With the Kings' bench depleted by injuries and coach Dave Joerger's decision to rest most of his starters, Ben McLemore thought his team might have a tough time finding a good rhythm.

After his own slow start, McLemore made it a non-issue for himself and Sacramento.

McLemore scored 21 of his 22 points in the second half to lead six players in double figures, and the Kings beat the Dallas Mavericks 98-87 on Tuesday night.

"Playing with eight guys, it's tough," said McLemore, who shot 8 of 13. "Before we went out there Garrett [Temple] made the emphasis that, 'Hey, we're all we got. We just have to go out there, play hard, play together and get the results.' Tonight we got the results and we came out with a win."

Limited to one free throw in the first half, McLemore scored 11 straight points to end the third quarter, then helped the Kings pull away in the fourth. McLemore made a pair of driving layups as part of a 13-4 run and hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final two minutes to help Sacramento win the season series between the teams.

"I just stayed with it, stayed aggressive," McLemore said. "My teammates kept looking for me and I started making shots. I got a real good easy one to the basket when I got a dunk [in the third] and that's when my rhythm started coming along."

Willie Cauley-Stein added 12 points and 16 rebounds, while Buddy Hield scored 16 points and Georgios Papagiannis had 13.

Nicolas Brussino had a season-high 13 points along with seven rebounds and five assists for Dallas, which played without Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavericks have lost five straight.

The 38-year-old Nowitzki has been nursing a sore Achilles tendon and sat out with the Mavericks playing the front end of a back-to-back. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle is hopeful Nowitzki will play Wednesday in Los Angeles.

"He is feeling better," Carlisle said. "Could be most likely a game-time decision. The signs are good at this point."

Nowitzki wasn't the only one getting the night off.

Both teams rested many of their starters, giving the game the feel — and sometimes look — of the preseason.

Sacramento started two backups and three players who weren't even with the team at the beginning of the season. Dallas was also missing regulars Wes Matthews and Seth Curry.

Predictably, it wasn't pretty at times.

The Kings shot 39 percent in the first quarter while the Mavericks were only slightly worse and went just 2 of 10 beyond the arc to open the game.

Dallas broke out of its shooting slump in the third quarter with seven 3-pointers but faded late in the fourth and was held to six points over the final 3:40, when McLemore scored six points and Cauley-Stein had four.

"I thought our guys played with their whole heart as they have done most of the season," Joerger said. "We're playing really young guys. It's a great experience for them. To play to win, compete . that's what it's about."

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Curry missed his second straight game because of a left shoulder strain. Matthews was rested.

Kings: Aaron Afflalo (lower back strain) and Anthony Tolliver (hip strain) were held out while Collison, Lawson and Kosta Koufos were rested.

Backcourt Shuffle
With guards Darren Collison and Ty Lawson sitting out, the Kings went with a starting backcourt of Hield and Langston Galloway. Predictably, Sacramento had problems taking care of the ball. Joerger's club committed 18 turnovers, including 11 in the first half when it made only 13 shots.

"We knew tonight we were going to make some turnovers, not having DC and Ty out there on the floor," McLemore said. "We just had to continue going onto the next play and continue to be aggressive, and that's what we did."

Up Next
Mavericks: Go to Los Angeles to play the Clippers on Wednesday. Dallas has won the last two games between the teams.

Kings: Travel south to face the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday and can take the season series with a win.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Barnes Scores 31, Mavs Beat Bucks 109-105]]>Wed, 05 Apr 2017 03:52:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/barnes-harrison-dallas-face.jpg

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle had nothing but praise for his scrappy team.

Harrison Barnes scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Mavericks to a 109-105 victory over the listless Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

"We have a high-character group, just look at our entire season," Carlisle said. "Guys have continued to play hard and play together the entire time."

Barnes made 10 free throws, a 3-pointer and a fade-away jumper in the decisive fourth quarter. He came in for Dirk Nowitzki with 10:12 left and carried the team, especially at the foul line.

"The biggest reason (for the win) was we got to the bonus early," he said. "That gave us some room to be aggressive, force them to call the whistle and try to get to the free throw line."

The Mavericks made a season-high 19 consecutive free throws, including 15 straight down the stretch, and finished the game 19 for 20.

Greg Monroe said the Bucks did what the Mavericks wanted them to, and it cost Milwaukee.

"We played their game," Monroe said. "We played at the pace they wanted to play at. Down the stretch, they got a lot of points at the free throw line. We've got to be better at not giving them easy points."

Bucks coach Jason Kidd agreed with Monroe's assessment.

"We were working into our game, and they were already into the game," Kidd said.

Barnes played more minutes than Carlisle wanted because Nowitzki was experiencing some mild pain in his right Achilles tendon.

"We didn't want him to mess around," Carlisle said of Nowitzki.

The Mavericks fought as if they still had a chance at the playoffs, while the Bucks frittered away an opportunity to cement their hold on the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference.

"At this point, we're playing with pride and trying to build for next season," Barnes said. "Slow starts have plagued us all season long. Tonight was a great opportunity for us to start off the game the right way."

Dallas capitalized on 15 turnovers, turning them into 19 points, and Nicolas Brussino's uncontested layup gave the Mavericks a 91-82 lead with 7:12 left to play.

The Bucks found some late energy and pulled to 106-103 on Matthew Dellavedova's 3-pointer with 1:24 to play, but got no closer.

Nowitzki and J.J. Barea each had 17 points as the Mavericks snapped a four-game losing streak. Yogi Ferrell had 13 filling in for the ailing Seth Curry.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks, fresh off a 14-4 record in March. That was the franchise's third-most wins in a month and best mark since the 1970-71 NBA championship team went 16-2 in February.

"I think it wasn't who we are today," Antetokounmpo said. "We didn't play hard enough. We didn't do what we usually do. That's the game, and we move on."

Gary Payton II, signed to a multiyear contract before the game, entered the game with 5:18 left in the third. He hit his first shot, a wide-open 3, and followed that up with a dunk that gave the Bucks a 74-68 lead.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Curry aggravated his injured left shoulder Friday night at Memphis. Carlisle is hopeful that Curry, who continues receiving treatment, could play Tuesday in Sacramento.

Bucks: Rookie G Malcolm Brogdon missed his second consecutive game with back tightness. He sat out Friday's win over Detroit and missed two games earlier in March with the same problem. Kidd said that Brogdon would make the road trip, if he felt better. ... C John Henson (sprained left thumb) missed his seventh consecutive game.

SEASON SWEEP

Dallas has won nine of the last 11 meetings with the Bucks, including an 86-75 overtime victory earlier this season. Barnes scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed eight rebounds in that game.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Dallas continues its season-high, five-game road trip Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings.

Bucks: Begin a three-game road trip Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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<![CDATA[Grizzlies Clinch Playoff Spot with 99-90 Win Over Mavericks]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:17:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766146.jpg

Mike Conley scored 28 points, Zach Randolph added 22 points and 12 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies clinched a playoff spot with a 99-90 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Memphis' win, coupled with Denver's 122-114 loss at Charlotte earlier Friday night, earned the Grizzlies their seventh straight postseason berth.

But Memphis had to weather a 3-point shooting rally in the closing minutes. Dallas made six of its first nine 3-point attempts in the final frame, a jumper by Wesley Matthews cutting Memphis' advantage to 94-90 with just over a minute left.

But Dallas could get no closer, dropping its fourth straight.

Troy Daniels finished with 21 points for Memphis, shooting 7 of 12 from outside the arc.

Six Mavericks finished in double figures, led by 13 points each from Dirk Nowitzki, Matthews and J.J. Barea. Matthews also had seven assists, and Nowitzki grabbed 12 rebounds.

Dallas trailed by 15 with about 8 minutes left when Barea and Matthews converted consecutive 3-pointers. Another 3 from Yogi Ferrell - his only points of the game - brought the Mavericks' deficit to single-digits.

Nowitzki, Barea and Matthews would add a trio of 3-pointers over a 1-minute span late to pull Dallas close, but not close enough.

The Mavericks dealt with poor shooting to open both of the first two quarters, missing five of six shots to start the game and six straight to open the second quarter.

The second set of misfires contributed to a 16-2 run and an eventual 21-point Memphis lead. Dallas was at 22 percent shooting in the half, including hitting 2 of 16 shots outside the arc.

That led to Memphis carrying a 55-34 lead into the break, Conley collecting 14 points, while Daniels and Randolph scored 12 each.

No Mavericks were in double figures at that point.

After halftime, it was Memphis struggling to hit shots, setting off a 16-4 rally by Dallas to bring the deficit to single digits - 59-50. But the Grizzlies countered with eight straight points to take the lead back to 17.

That allowed Memphis to hold a 74-62 lead entering the fourth.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: The NBA announced Friday that G Devin Harris was fined $25,000 for his actions after ejection from Wednesday's game at New Orleans. ... The Mavericks recorded 15 assists, breaking a string of nine straight games of at least 20 assists.

Grizzlies: With its seventh straight playoff berth, Memphis has the third-longest streak of postseason appearances behind Atlanta and San Antonio. ... The win assured Memphis (42-34) of its seventh consecutive winning season. ... The Grizzlies' sixth 3-pointer of the game, converted in the second quarter, gave Memphis 700 on the season - a mark not previously reached in franchise history.

GASOL RETURN UNKNOWN

Grizzlies coach David Fizdale said the timetable for the return of center Marc Gasol, who missed his fourth game with a sore left foot, remains unclear. "He did work out (Friday), which was good," Fizdale said. "He moved on it. There's still some soreness there."

TAKING A LOOK

With the Mavericks virtually eliminated from the last Western Conference playoff spot, coach Rick Carlisle seems to be turning to younger players down the stretch. "This is an important time for us to look at these guys," Carlisle said. "I'd rather look at them playing against guys like (Mike) Conley or (Zach) Randolph instead of undrafted free agents in the summertime."

ROOKIE POINTS

One Mavericks rookie -- Jarrod Uthoff from Iowa -- scored two points in the loss Wednesday to New Orleans, his first points in the NBA. "That's a pretty big deal for a guy who has the NBA dream like all of us did growing up," Carlisle said. Uthoff didn't play Friday night.

UP NEXT

MAVERICKS: Dallas is in the midst of a five-game road trip and plays at Milwaukee on Sunday.

GRIZZLIES: Memphis heads out on its final road trip of the season, playing the Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Davis, Cousins Lead Pelicans Past Mavericks 121-118]]>Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:10:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Pelicans_Anthony-Davis.jpg

Anthony Davis had 30 points and 13 rebounds, DeMarcus Cousins added 29 points and 16 rebounds in his return from a two-game absence, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Dallas Mavericks 121-118 on Wednesday night.

Back from a right ankle sprain, Cousins played 40 minutes. His baskets included a 29-foot 3-pointer at the end of the first half and he was 10 of 12 at the free-throw line. Davis' highlights included an offensive rebound and dunk with 1:50 left as New Orleans won for the seventh time in 10 games.

Jordan Crawford's 15-point performance included a 22-foot jumper that put the Pelicans up 121-116 with 47 seconds left.

Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points for Dallas, which lost its third straight. Harrison Barnes scored 19 and Seth Curry 18 for the Mavericks.

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<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Meets Super Fan in Dallas]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:18:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+and+super+fan.JPG

Dirk Nowitzki recently met a super-fan that just reached a 30,000 milestone of his own.

Shen Xu lives in Beijing, China and has been following Nowitzki's quest for the 30,000 mark since 2004.

To pay tribute to Nowitzki, Xu took on a mission to shoot 300 points, every day, for 100 days straight.

To mark the occasion, Xu traveled to Dallas and met with Nowitzki.  The two met on the main court at the American Airlines Center while Xu reached his 30,000 point before Monday night's game.

Nowitzki reached the 30,000 point milestone earlier this month.

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<![CDATA[Thunder Top Mavs 92-91 with Westbrook Finishing Flurry]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:43:29 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766146.jpg

Russell Westbrook rescued Oklahoma City with a stunning rally and guaranteed the first losing record for Dallas in 17 full seasons under owner Mark Cuban.

Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper with seven seconds left and the Thunder erased a 13-point deficit in the final four minutes for a 92-91 victory over the Mavericks on Monday night.

The six-time All-Star and current NBA scoring leader, whom Cuban steadfastly claims isn't a superstar, had his third straight triple-double with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Westbrook scored 12 in a 14-0 run by Oklahoma City to finish it, but said he wasn't trying to convince Cuban, who was in the first row of seats just a few feet from the winning shot.

"Nah, man," said Westbrook, who has 37 triple-doubles and needs four in the final nine games to tie Oscar Robertson's NBA record set during the 1961-62 season. "I play every night the same way. Whatever he says doesn't even matter to me. He's going to do his job, and I'm going to do mine."

The Thunder gained possession on a replay reversal with 13 seconds to go and Westbrook hit the decisive shot from just beyond the free throw line over Wesley Matthews.

Dallas was out of timeouts, and Harrison Barnes missed a long 3-pointer before the buzzer. The Mavericks (31-42) last had a losing season in 1999-2000, Dirk Nowitzki's second year. Cuban bought the team in January that season, when Dallas finished 40-42.

"It just happened so fast," said Nerlens Noel, who scored 15 points along with Matthews to lead Dallas. "They were just playing more aggressive than we were late in the game."

The Thunder (42-31) won for the seventh time in nine games since a four-game losing streak that matched a season high. They are a game behind the fifth-place Clippers in the Western Conference and 2 1/2 in front of Memphis for the No. 6 seed.

Mavericks rookie Yogi Ferrell scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, capped by a 3-pointer for a 91-78 lead with 3:31 remaining. Dallas didn't score again.

Westbrook started the stunning run with a breakaway dunk, followed by a 3. After Steven Adams tipped in Westbrook's missed 3, the star guard hit a floater on a three-point play to get the Thunder to 91-88.

The Mavericks had possession with the shot clock off after Westbrook missed a jumper, but Dallas got stuck in the backcourt and called its final timeout. With just three seconds to get the ball past midcourt, an inbounds pass for J.J. Barea was tipped by Westbrook, who immediately signaled Oklahoma City ball even though the initial call went Dallas' way.

There were plenty of celebrating Westbrook fans when he pulled up on a backpedaling Matthews.

"That's about as good a shot as you're going to get," Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. "You're trying to take away something at the rim."

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: G Seth Curry was a late scratch with a left shoulder injury. He had started 34 straight games, and Dallas was 20-14 in those games after a horrid start for an injury-plagued team. ... Dallas went on a 31-9 run over more than a quarter in the first half.

Thunder: Went scoreless for the first 5:25 of the second and finished with 10 points in the period, their lowest total for any quarter this season. ... Victor Oladipo scored 15 points, and Taj Gibson had 13. ... Westbrook scored at least 30 points for the 39th time this season.

Taking Over
The Thunder closed a game with at least a 14-0 run for the second time this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They had a 15-0 spurt in a 114-102 win at home against Memphis on Feb. 3. The rest of the NBA has combined for one such game-ending run this season, Elias said.

Zipping the Lip
Rick Carlisle was visibly upset after Westbrook wasn't called for traveling while taking a long step and pulling the ball in after changing his mind on a dribble. The Dallas coach wasn't in the mood to address it after the game.

"I didn't look at it so I don't have a real opinion on it," he said. "And if I did, it would cost me a lot of money, so I will pass."

Game of Droughts
The Thunder won despite a six-minute scoring drought in the first half. They managed just two points in the last six minutes of the third quarter after nearly wiping out a 15-point halftime deficit in the first six minutes of the period.

Up Next
Mavericks: At the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday to start season-ending stretch that features seven of nine on the road.

Thunder: At the Orlando Magic on Wednesday to finish a three-game trip in four nights.

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<![CDATA[Raptors beat Mavericks, Raptors Clinch Playoff Spot ]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:29:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630277806.jpg

DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka scored 18 points apiece and the Toronto Raptors clinched a playoff berth after their fifth straight victory, 94-86 over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

The Raptors, who came back from 15-point deficits to win each of their last two games, made it a little easier on themselves Saturday. Toronto scored the game's first seven points and never trailed in dealing the Mavericks' playoff hopes a damaging blow.

Harrison Barnes scored 23 points for Dallas, which missed 18 of its first 22 3-pointers and finished just 7 of 28 from behind the arc.

Patrick Patterson added 14 points for Toronto, including a perfect 4 for 4 on 3-pointers.

The Mavericks fell four games behind Denver for the final playoff spot in the West.

Toronto led by as many as 16 points in the first half and by 15 early in the fourth quarter before a 10-0 Dallas run made things more interesting.

Dorian Finney-Smith's free throws with 7:57 to go brought the Mavs within 79-74, the closest they had been since 7-2 early in the game. But Ibaka made consecutive jumpers to restore a nine-point lead, and Dallas got no closer than six after that.

The Raptors had their biggest lead at 42-26 in the first half. Barnes scored Dallas' last 11 points of the half to help cut into the lead, but Toronto led 54-44 at the break.

J.J. Barea's long 3 at the third-quarter buzzer again brought Dallas within 10 at 74-64.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Coach Dwane Casey said he was hopeful that guard Kyle Lowry would return from wrist surgery before the end of the regular season. "I know he's doing a lot of conditioning, a lot of work to keep his body in shape," Casey said. "Just let him rehab, let him do his thing and trust our medical people." Lowry has missed the last 16 games. . Toronto was also without starting forward DeMarre Carroll due to a sore lower back. P.J. Tucker started in his place.

Mavericks: Seth Curry with 11 points and Yogi Ferrell with 10 were the only other Mavs in double figures. . Nerlens Noel started his second game in a row at center for the Mavericks, who have gone to a big lineup. They've moved Dirk Nowitzki to power forward, Barnes to small forward and Curry to point guard.

STREAK IN JEOPARDY

The Mavericks took their 41st loss of the season. Their next loss will end the NBA's second-longest streak of .500 or better seasons -- currently at 16 seasons. Their last sub-.500 season was 1999-00, when they finished 40-42 and Mark Cuban became owner of the team in January 2000.

San Antonio has the longest streak of .500 or better seasons with 20, including this season.

ABOUT THURSDAY NIGHT

Cuban couldn't resist giving his opinion on Barea's ejection from the Mavericks' victory over the Clippers on Thursday night. Barea was called for a flagrant 2 foul for pushing Blake Griffin, a player with a 10-inch height advantage over Barea.

"I just feel bad for Blake," Cuban said. "It's hard to come back from a knockout like that. We sent flowers to his family, condolences. I can only guess that he's going to be drinking through a straw for a long, long time."

UP NEXT

Raptors: Host Orlando on Monday. The Magic have beaten the Raptors in two of three meetings this season.

Mavericks: Host Oklahoma City on Monday to end a four-game homestand. Dallas plays seven of its final nine on the road.



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<![CDATA[Mavs' Barea Ejected for Knocking Down Clippers' Griffin]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:02:53 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-464340498.jpg

Diminutive Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea was ejected from Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers after he knocked down the much larger Blake Griffin.

Barea — generously listed at 6 feet, 185 pounds — was ejected with 5:29 to play in the third quarter after pushing the 6-foot-10, 251-pound Griffin to the floor.

Crew chief Bill Spooner explained the call.

"The contact, in our judgment, was deemed unnecessary and excessive," he said. "The contact was to the shoulders and above to the throat. That is deemed as a flagrant penalty two."

Barea laughed at the ruling as he walked off the court to a standing ovation from the American Airlines Center crowd.

The Mavericks went on to beat the Clippers 97-95.

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<![CDATA[Barnes' Late Basket, Steal Put Mavs Past Clippers, 97-95]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:29:23 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630277806.jpg

Harrison Barnes thrived in a new position on Thursday night, and so did the Mavericks.

Barnes made the go-ahead basket, then stole the ball from Blake Griffin with 3.9 seconds left as Dallas beat the Los Angeles Clippers 97-95.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle started a big lineup, with Barnes moving from power forward to small forward.

"I have a little bit more energy from not banging with as many bigs," Barnes said.

Barnes made a 14-foot jumper with 1:06 remaining for the game's 11th lead change, making it 96-95. After he stripped Griffin, Wesley Matthews made a free throw with 0.9 seconds to play before J.J. Redick missed a 3-point attempt that would have won it at the buzzer. His shot bounced off the far side of the rim.

"We had a great shot on the last play," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "That was great execution, and it was a 3, would have been a game-winner. Make, miss, we will live with that."

Griffin scored 21 points, including nine in a row in the fourth quarter, but he missed his last three shots and turned the ball over four times in the game.

"I got to take care of the ball on the last play of the game," Griffin said, "if you trust me with the last play of the game."

Dallas expected Griffin to have the ball.

"I have to give credit to our coaching staff," Barnes said. "They scouted that play well before the game. We knew it was coming to Blake. I just tried to play good defense, and I was in the right spot and the right time."

The Clippers had their three-game winning streak snapped. Dallas, battling from behind for a playoff berth, had lost four of six.

"I don't care about the race," Rivers said. "I care about how we play."

Seth Curry led Dallas with 23 points. Barnes finished with 21 and Dirk Nowitzki had 14.

The new lineup had Nerlens Noel starting at center and point guard Yogi Ferrell on the bench.

Curry started at point guard and had four assists.

"We're going to give this a look," Carlisle said. "It may be the rest of the year, it may not."

Noel finished with 12 rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals, including one in the final minute.

DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Clippers. Chris Paul scored 15 points and Austin Rivers had 13.

The Mavericks led by as many as 12 points in the second quarter. But after trailing 44-32, Los Angeles finished the first half on a 22-4 run for a 54-48 halftime lead.

Paul had 13 points in the first half, and Jordan already had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Nowitzki and Curry each had 10 points for the Mavericks.

Dallas started the third quarter with a 13-2 run to regain the lead at 61-56. The Mavericks took a 79-77 lead into the fourth quarter.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Barnes has scored 20-plus points 35 times this season. He totaled 19 games of 20-plus in his first four NBA seasons with Golden State. ... Dallas scored 21 points off 17 turnovers, nine in the second half. The Mavericks committed only nine turnovers for eight points.

Clippers: Redick's four-point play in the second quarter was the 31st of his career. ... The Clippers outrebounded Dallas 25-15 in the first half, but only 20-19 in the second.

The Lineup
Carlisle seemed pleased with the lineup change.

"We got to look at Curry at point with a really conventional team out there. We got a look at Noel with Dirk and Barnes. We got to see how things would shake out with Barnes at 3."

The Mighty Fall
Dallas' J.J. Barea — listed at 6 feet, 185 pounds — was ejected with 5:29 to play in the third quarter after pushing the 6-10, 251-pound Griffin to the floor.

Crew chief Bill Spooner explained the call.

"The contact, in our judgment, was deemed unnecessary and excessive. The contact was to the shoulders and above to the throat. That is deemed as a flagrant penalty two."

Up Next
Mavericks: Play the third game of a four-game homestand vs. Toronto on Saturday.

Clippers: Begin a three-game homestand on Saturday afternoon against Utah.

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<![CDATA[Warriors Get 28th Road Win with 112-87 Victory Over Mavs]]>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:53:23 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/507467420.jpg

A double dose of Curry, with big brother coming out on top again.

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors picked up their 28th road victory over the season with a 112-87 win over younger brother Seth and the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

"It was a fun moment until the game started beating up on us," Seth Curry said. "It's the kind of stuff you dream about as a kid, both of us playing in the NBA and starting."

Klay Thompson had 23 points with five 3-pointers for the defending NBA champions and the first team ever to win at least 28 road games in three consecutive seasons. The Warriors have a record 90 wins away from home during that span.

"It just means we have a good team. It means our guys are talented and they play together," coach Steve Kerr said. "When you're out on the road you have to defend. ... If we can defend at a high level, we feel like we're always going to find points and give ourselves a chance to win."

Stephen Curry, a two-time MVP, had 17 points and nine assists. Seth Curry, who was undrafted in 2013 and just this year became a regular starter with the Mavericks, had 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

"My Pops still thinks he's the better shooter," Stephen Curry said of his father, Dell, who played 10 NBA seasons.

In six NBA games against each other, Stephen has won all six — half of those as part of Golden State's sweep of the Mavericks this season.

"Just knowing that we were going to be out there for extended minutes playing against each other is a surreal kind of feeling," Stephen Curry said. "Seeing your brother, who you've been battling with since you can remember, out on the NBA floor. It's amazing to see what he has done here in Dallas."

Golden State went ahead to stay after Ian Clark, who finished with 18 points, had bookend baskets in a 9-0 run in the second quarter. A 3 by Thompson tied the game before Shaun Livingston drove for the go-ahead layup.

"These guys, if you have any slippage, they really take advantage and make you look bad," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "We started out OK, and things eroded pretty quickly."

Little Goes First
Seth was the first Curry to score, making a 3-pointer for the first basket 1:45 into the game. Stephen had consecutive baskets less than 2 minutes later.

Back to Back
Golden State, which won at Oklahoma City on Monday night, is 11-4 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. The Warriors are 45-9 in such games since 2014-15.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points, Nerlens Noel scored 14 and Yogi Ferrell finished with 12. ... Since winning four in a row to match their longest winning streak of the season, the Mavericks (30-40) have gone 2-4. ... The Mavs shot 36 percent (33 of 92) from the field, only two days after shooting 54 percent at Brooklyn.

Warriors: Golden State (57-14) has a five-game winning streak since a three-game losing streak that was its longest of the season. ... The Warriors, who entered averaging an NBA-best 30.3 assists per game, had 34 helpers on 43 baskets. ... They have won six in a row, and 13 of the last 14, against Dallas. This was their only trip to Dallas this season.

Getting Tired?
Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes, who averages 18 points a game, had only five points on 2-of-10 shooting. And that was two games after scoring four points.

"Barnes has played every single game this year, including all the exhibitions," Carlisle said. "I'm afraid a night like tonight is a combination of them being ... a great defensive team, and him being a little out of gas."

When asked if he was tired, Barnes responded, "No, not at all. You've got to give them credit."

Up Next
Mavericks: Home against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.

Warriors: Home to play the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Introduce 'Dirkwurst']]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:09:10 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/17-3-21-17_Dirk_Wurst.jpg

When you're one of only six NBA players to score 30,000 career points, you need more than just a burger named after you.

To celebrate Dirk Nowtizki joining the 30,000 point club, the Dallas Mavericks and Senior Executive Chef Mark Mabry of Levy will introduce the "Dirkwurst" before the game against the Golden State Warriors Tuesday.

The Dirkwurst is a foot-long bratwurst topped with German mustard and pickled red cabbage on a Bavarian pretzel bun. It will be sold for $14.50 at the Dallas Chopping Block Concession stand across from section 120 on the main concourse.

Only 30 Dirkwursts will be available for purchase during each game at the American Airlines Center until the end of the regular season.

The Dirkburger is also available until the end of the regular season at Grill Zone concession stands 106, 114 and 118. It comes with a Dirk 30K commemorative cup.



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<![CDATA[Nowitzki Scores 23, Leads Mavericks to Win Over Nets]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:14:21 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649527250-1.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and nine rebounds, J.J. Barea scored 20 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-104 Sunday.

Harrison Barnes added 19 points for the Mavericks.

Brook Lopez scored 27 points and Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 for the Nets. Randy Foye and Quincy Acy each had 11.

The Mavericks led 94-92 with more than five minutes left before Barea scored nine straight Dallas points. Barnes followed with two layups that made it 107-101 with 26.5 seconds remaining.

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<![CDATA[76ers Rout Mavericks in Noel's Return to Philadelphia]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:06:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-645405336.jpg

Justin Anderson tied his career high with 19 points and Robert Covington scored 12 of his 18 points in Philadelphia's dominant third quarter, helping the 76ers rout the Dallas Mavericks 116-74 on Friday night.

Richaun Holmes added 17 points for the 76ers, who snapped an eight-game losing streak to Dallas while spoiling Nerlens Noel's return to Philadelphia.

Noel had nine points and five rebounds in his first game against his former team since being traded on Feb. 23. Dwight Powell led the Mavericks with 14 points.

Philadelphia got its largest margin of victory of the season while handing Dallas its worst defeat, topping the Mavericks' 128-90 setback at Cleveland on Nov. 25. The loss also hurt the playoff chances of the Mavericks, who began the day 3 1/2 games behind Denver for the final spot in the Western Conference.

Philadelphia has no such postseason hopes, particularly since top rookie Joel Embiid was lost for the season.

The 76ers had hoped to build around Noel when they acquired him on draft day in 2013 after he was picked No. 6 by New Orleans. Noel experienced mostly losing during his 2 1/2 seasons in Philadelphia as part of former general manager Sam Hinkie's rebuilding plan, dubbed "The Process."

It must have felt like old times for Noel in the third quarter when Philadelphia outscored the Mavericks 36-16 to enter the fourth ahead 87-56.

Dallas shot 5 for 21 from the field while the 76ers seemed to do whatever they wanted offensively.

Anderson, acquired from Dallas in the Noel trade, had two highlight-reel dunks in the period, both of which drew "oohs" and "ahhs" from the home crowd.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle went deep to his bench late in the quarter to try anything that might work, but the Mavericks had no answers for the 76ers, who led by as many as 43 points.

Noel entered to strong applause from Philadelphia's fans with 6:45 left in the first quarter. Prior to his entry, the team showed a video tribute to Noel on the scoreboard.

Noel thanked Philadelphia's fans on Thursday night by offering free cheesesteaks at a popular Philadelphia restaurant to anyone attending. Later on Thursday, Noel hung out with former teammate Holmes.

Bryan Colangelo -- who replaced Hinkie following last season -- traded Noel to break up a logjam at center with him, Jahlil Okafor and Embiid.

Noel made his presence felt in the first half against Philadelphia, blocking Anderson with 1:08 left in the first quarter and throwing down a left-handed dunk over Holmes with 7:03 left in the second quarter.

But the Mavericks struggled mightily in the second quarter, missing 15 of 23 field goals while being outscored 30-17 in the period to enter the locker room trailing Philadelphia 51-40.

NOTES:

Mavericks: G Wesley Matthews returned to the lineup after sitting out Wednesday's win over Washington with a right calf strain. He had three points in 24 minutes. ... The Mavericks took the only other meeting of the season between the teams, 113-95 on Feb. 1 in Dallas.

76ers: Rapper Biz Markie performed at halftime. ... Philadelphia improved to 16-19 at home. ... The 76ers' previous largest margin of victory was a 97-79 win at Detroit on Dec. 11.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Cap four-game trip at Brooklyn on Sunday.

76ers: Host Boston on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Nowitzki, Barnes Help Mavericks Beat Wizards 112-107]]>Thu, 16 Mar 2017 03:19:51 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-502960638.jpg

If the Dallas Mavericks make an unlikely run to the playoffs, their final quarter on Wednesday night might turn out to be the start of it.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 of his 20 points and Seth Curry added 10 of his 19 in the fourth, and the Mavericks used their highest-scoring period of the season to complete a 112-107 victory over the Washington Wizards that boosted their slim playoff hopes.

"We desperately needed this game," said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, whose team outscored Washington 39-27 in the fourth quarter. "Our guys knew it."

Harrison Barnes had 22 points for the Mavericks, who began the night tied for 10th place in the Western Conference, 3½ games behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Nicolas Brussino scored eight of his 11 points off the bench in the fourth as Dallas snapped a two-game skid, two days after an ugly 100-77 loss in Toronto.

"We're still trying to chase the eighth seed even though it doesn't look good after the last two losses," Nowitzki said. "We're going to keep plugging."

Wizards guard John Wall had 26 points and 11 assists despite briefly leaving the game in the second quarter with a sprained left foot.

He scored Washington's final nine points and played more than 36 minutes, but admitted he did not feel 100 percent.

"I just gutted it out, but it's pretty sore," said Wall, who isn't sure if he will play in his team's next game on Friday.

"I have no idea right now, to be honest," he said.

Bradley Beal added 24 points, and Otto Porter had 14 points and 10 rebounds as Washington dropped back-to-back games for the second time since its previous loss to Dallas on Jan. 3.

Fresh off a 4-1 road trip, the third-place Wizards never trailed in the opening three quarters. They led by as many as 12 in the third and by seven at the end of it.

Dallas responded by opening the fourth on a 24-7 run. Yogi Ferrell's 3-pointer tied it at 84, and Nowitzki's jumper made it 89-87 with 7:25 left.

Brussino hit a pair of 3-pointers to stretch the lead to eight, and Nerlens Noel's follow-up dunk made it 97-87 and convinced Wizards coach Scott Brooks to call a second timeout in 72 seconds.

"We were one or two plays away from making this a game," Nowitzki said. "With the amount of shooters we have . we can always make two 3s and make a quick run. So that's what happened."

A Silent Answer
Brussino's 11 points and nine rebounds set career highs for the 24-year-old rookie from Argentina.

With a translator by his side, the Spanish speaker flashed a silent smile when asked if he knew how close he was to his first NBA double-double.

"He just answered that for you," the translator joked.

Nerlens' Night Back
Noel scored 12 points and played 22 minutes after missing three games with a sore right knee. His two free throws with 1.7 seconds left sealed the win.

"The two free throws were huge. The dunk he had when we shot an airball was an enormous momentum play," Carlisle said. "We need him."

Scary Moment for Washington
Wall left briefly late in the second quarter after an awkward fall on a transition layup attempt. Defended by Noel, the four-time All-Star remained on the ground after his shot hit the underside of the rim, until Washington called a timeout 13 seconds later.

Wall was helped to his feet before limping to the locker room under his own power. He started the second half.

"I'm just going to listen to whatever the doctors and trainers tell me to do," Wall said. "They'll probably have a discussion and I'll find out later on tonight."

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Trailed 28-27 after making 11 of their first 15 shots (73.3 percent). ... G J.J. Barea had a season-high 13 assists. ... G Wesley Matthews sat out with a right calf strain.

Wizards: Led after the first quarter for the first time in four games. ... Scored 39 first-quarter points, one short of their most in a period this season. ... Did not commit a turnover until the second quarter, but finished with 12.

Up Next
Mavericks: At the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night in Noel's first game against his former team.

Wizards: Welcome another team on the fringe of the playoff picture when the Chicago Bulls visit on Friday.

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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Not Ruling Out a 2020 White House Run]]>Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:55:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mark-cuban-axios.jpg

Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban said Wednesday he would consider a run at the White House in 2020 if he thought he could help.

In February, President Donald Trump tweeted Cuban isn’t smart enough to be president.

The two traded barbs during the campaign and it didn't stop after the election.

“If you have been spam-trolled on the Internet, particularly by the president, you are like, 'How I am going to reply?' I went through like five different things and kind of settled on 'LOL,' which I found was brief and to the point,” Cuban said at a Washington, D.C. event on the future of communication.

Speaking at the Axios Event, the "Shark Tank" investor shared his thoughts on Trump.

“He is oblivious to everything. He reminds me of the coddled athlete, that the athlete just worked their way up without really having to go to school. They are one and done. They kind of faked it 'til they made it to get through. They just ask a lot of questions, because they don’t have answers to anything. That is our president," said Cuban.

Cuban said he doesn't necessarily want to be in politics, but if he thought he could help he'd be up to the challenge.

“I don’t have an aspiration to be a politician. I don’t have this government service gene, so it's not a compelling part of me. It would have to be something where I thought I could fix something in a manner that other people couldn’t. If it was broken. If it’s not broken ... you know what, I’ll get out the way. I’m not going to run for President just to make a point,” he said. 

When asked if he was "clearly thinking about" running for president, Cuban said, “Yea, because I’m an American citizen. I care about this country and I want to do right by it. Look, no one has been more blessed by the opportunities this country creates than me. And so I feel an obligation that if I can contribute I will.”

He also added he hopes the President does well, and is not thinking about a time frame.

"I don’t know. We will find out. There is no rush. Again, its only 60 days in and there is still the opportunity that he'll do a great job.  Again, sometimes being oblivious, sometimes the best deals are the ones you don’t do, right, and being oblivious allows other people to do their jobs, and maybe it will turn out great.  You know, I want him to succeed.  I want to be very clear on that. I want him to succeed.  If he succeeds, if his programs succeed, we all succeed," he added.

Cuban seemed most concerned about technology and where it may be headed with Trump in the White House.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d have a president who not only has never sent an email, but thinks it’s too hard to learn how to Google," Cuban said. "I was willing to send my 7-year-old to help him but (laughs), that’s scary to me."

"You know when I talk about the AI (artificial intelligence) stuff, deep learning, machine learning, I’m not saying there’s a chance. Ya know, this isn’t a Jim Carrey movie. I’m saying this is real. It’s going to happen. There’s no doubt," Cuban said. "So if you have somebody in office who doesn’t understand technology at all and we miss these things, we could have real problems. So if he lasts four years, the question is what type of situation are we in? And if you don’t account for disruption and the change of nature in work, I think there’s a lot of potential problems that we’re going to have to address.”



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<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Receives Bizarre Gift in the Mail]]>Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:56:47 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649527250.jpg

What a month Dallas Mavs superstar Dirk Nowitzki is having!

Last week against the Los Angeles Lakers, he became the sixth NBA player and first international player to score 30,000 points - a major milestone.

Now, Nowitzki is celebrating after someone sent him a special, perhaps bizarre, gift in the mail.

It's potato with his picture on it. Yes. A potato.

There's a fairly new company called Potato Parcel started by two guys last year. People pay them to send personalized messages on potatoes to whomever they choose.

Judging by the excitement Nowitzki showed in his tweet, looks like he loves the gesture!

No word on who sent the personalized potato.



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<![CDATA[DeRozan Scores 25 as Raptors Beat Mavericks 100-78]]>Tue, 14 Mar 2017 04:17:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks+Rick+Carlisle.jpg

DeMar DeRozan isn't about to start projecting playoff matchups.

Toronto is fourth in the Eastern Conference with 15 games remaining and moving past Boston or Washington for second or third would likely mean avoiding a second-round matchup with defending champion Cleveland.

But DeRozan was having none of it, particularly after his team lost four of its previous six games before a 100-78 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.

"You look at top four, everybody right there," DeRozan said after his 25-point outing. "Somebody have a great week and somebody have a bad week and it can switch quick. It's a lot of games left, and we've got to treat every single one like it's our last."

Norman Powell added 19 points in the victory, Toronto's third straight over Dallas, while Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his 25th double-double of the season.

The Raptors led by 13 entering the fourth quarter, then opened the period with a 10-2 run that extended the lead to 21 in the opener of the Mavericks' four-game road swing.

Toronto held Dallas to just 36.5 percent shooting from the floor and outrebounded the Mavericks 46-27 on the defensive glass.

"It's always the defense," Powell said. "That's where we've got to make our stand, at the defensive end. We can't play an offensive game. Offensive games are not going to win us basketball. You've got to be able to get stops."

The Mavericks, fighting for a playoff spot but sitting in 11th place in the Western Conference with 16 games to play, lost starting forward Wesley Matthews with a right calf strain with 1:07 to play in the first half.

"I believe it's a mild strain. Didn't want to risk bringing him back," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "See how he's doing tomorrow and then on Wednesday. I think he'll be listed day-to-day, but we'll see."

Dallas fell to 8-23 on the road and has lost its last five away from American Airlines Center. Harrison Barnes scored 18 points for the Mavericks, with Dirk Nowitzki chipping in 17.

"On both ends we didn't get it done," Nowitzki said. "We didn't really shoot the ball well enough; we only shot 36 percent from the field and (28 percent) from 3, it's going to be tough. It puts a lot of strain on the defense and our defense just wasn't good enough."

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: C Nerlens Noel (left knee) sat out his third straight game. ... Seth Curry went scoreless in the first half, before eventually finishing with five points. ... Dallas was outrebounded 34-55 and tied a Toronto opponent season low in points.

Raptors: F DeMarre Carroll (left ankle) missed his second consecutive game. ... Toronto is now 7-4 this season without All-Star G Kyle Lowry, likely out for the remainder of the regular season following surgery on his right wrist. . Toronto plays Dallas again on March 25 at American Airlines Center. ... With a block in the first quarter, Serge Ibaka has recorded at least one block in each of his 10 games with the Raptors since coming over in a trade from Orlando on Feb. 14th. ... After missing on all four 3-point attempts they took in the first quarter, Toronto went 9 of 21 the rest of the way.

Running in the Family
"He's probably shooting better than his brother right now and that's one trait, and Dell, I coached against their dad when I was at Western Kentucky and he was at Virginia Tech, and so all of them could shoot it and not sure their mom did either, but the whole family, it seemed like they could shoot the basketball."

Raptors coach Dwane Casey on Seth Curry, currently shooting 48.2 percent from the floor before Monday's game, better than brother Stephen's 46.1 percent.

Channelling Ernie
With the Raptors' D-League team also playing at the Air Canada Centre earlier in the day, in front of a D-League record crowd of 18,099, Toronto's Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam played a doubleheader. Casey didn't let the opportunity escape to educate the rookies, who hail from Austria and Cameroon respectively, on one of the most famous sayings in sports.

"I told 'em, what'd Ernie Banks say? Let's play two," he said.

Up Next
Mavericks: Visit Washington on Wednesday, looking for an eighth consecutive victory in the nation's capital.

Raptors: Host Oklahoma City on Thursday, aiming to wrap up a season sweep of the Thunder.

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<![CDATA[Devin Booker Hits Winning Shot, Suns Beat Mavericks]]>Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:26:53 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/505180868.jpg

Devin Booker figured he'd have a better chance to win the game one-on-one than with help.

"Coach asked me did I want a screen," the Phoenix guard said. "I said no because I figured they'd double-team it, so I just went with isolation. With Wesley (Matthews) being one of the better defenders, I knew it was going to be a tough shot, so I shot a little fadeaway and it went."

Booker's 19-foot jumper over Matthews with 1.4 seconds left gave the Suns a 100-98 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

Booker scored 25 of his 36 points in the second half. He scored the Suns' final eight points, twice making tying baskets. After Matthews missed a 3-point attempt, Booker hit the winner.

The Mavericks failed to get off a shot before time expired.

Booker made 12 of 20 field goal attempts, and all 10 free throws.

"A dominant performance tonight, especially down the stretch," Phoenix coach Earl Watson said. "Devin played on another level. He's 20 years old, two game winners so far this year. He wanted to take the last shot and he's confident that it'll go in. The kid is going to be pretty special."

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said the loss was his fault.

"Clearly, we should have gone and double-teamed the guy the whole fourth quarter," Carlisle said. "I'm taking full responsibility for this whole thing. Next year when we play these guys again, we'll have to consider double-teaming him earlier."

The Suns have won four of six. They ended Dallas' four-game winning streak.

Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points -- 19 in the first half -- and added 11 rebounds for Dallas. Harrison Barnes also scored 23 points for the Mavericks, making a career-high 13 free throws in 14 attempts.

T.J. Warren scored 16 points for Phoenix, Eric Bledsoe had 12, and Alan Williams 10.

Devin Harris had 14 points for Dallas, and Yogi Ferrell added 13 for the Mavericks.

Dallas led 96-92 with 2:04 to play before Booker scored on two straight trips down the floor to tie it. After Harrison Barnes made two free throws, Booker scored again for a 98-98 tie.

TIP-INS

Suns: Alex Len did not play after injuring a hip in the pre-game warmup. ... Rookie Tyler Ulis has averaged 11 minutes per game this season, but that has increased to 23 over the last five games. "Tyler's playing well," Watson said." At the same time, (Bledsoe) kind of has been limping with a knee injury recently, so we're going to make sure we keep track of that." Bledsoe leads Phoenix with 21 points and six assists per game.

Mavericks: Nerlens Noel missed both games of Dallas' weekend back-to-back because of a sore left knee. "We're hoping he can play Monday," Carlisle said. ... Dallas stayed in the game by making a season-high 33 of 36 free throw attempts. ... Nowitzki's double-double was the 404th of his career.

OPENING ACT

In the first quarter, Nowitzki made five of six field goal attempts. His teammates were 1 for 10. Neither team missed a free throw (Dallas 11 for 11, Phoenix five for five). Neither team had an offensive rebound.

SURE SHOT

Suns rookie Derrick Jones Jr., who made his first start, extended his streak of field goals made to 10 in a row with a first-quarter jump shot. He missed a layup in the third quarter to end the streak. He also missed his first NBA 3-point attempt. He's 24 for 3 (77 percent) for the season.

NUMBER 11. WHO?

Mavericks F Dorian Finney-Smith thought his jersey was a bit tight when he put it on before the game. Then it was pointed out to the 6-8 Finney-Smith that he was wearing the No. 11 jersey of 6-0 G Yogi Ferrell. At the adjacent locker, Ferrell checked and saw that he had Finney-Smith's No. 11 jersey.

UP NEXT

Suns: Begin a three-game homestand on Sunday vs. Portland.

Mavericks: Start a four-game trip on Monday at Toronto.

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<![CDATA[Nowitzki, Sluggish Mavs Put Away Nets 105-96]]>Fri, 10 Mar 2017 22:47:29 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649527250.jpg

Harrison Barnes scored 21 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 13 after a slow start in his first game since reaching 30,000 points and the sluggish Dallas Mavericks beat the lowly Brooklyn Nets 105-96 on Friday night.

The Mavericks, appearing flat three nights after a raucous celebration of Nowitzki's milestone, trailed in the fourth quarter with the NBA's worst team missing leading scorer Brook Lopez because of an ankle injury. But they pulled away and matched a season best with a fourth straight win.

Nowitzki, who missed his first four shots after making the first six on his historic night, had a pair of 3-pointers early in the fourth to help get Dallas going.

Isaiah Whitehead scored 24 points for the Nets (11-53), who have dropped 36 of their past 40 games.

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<![CDATA[Newy on Dirk's 30K-Point Milestone]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 04:59:15 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_ON_DIRK_FOR_WEB_1200x675_892682819817.jpg

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has become the sixth NBA player and first international player to score 30,000 points.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Roll Past Lakers, 122-111, on Nowitzki's Historic Night]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:48:28 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649374776.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki scored the 20 points he needed for 30,000 in his career in barely more than a quarter, and the Dallas Mavericks celebrated with their second straight easy home win over the Los Angeles Lakers, a 122-111 victory Tuesday night.

The 7-foot German became the sixth NBA player and the first international one to reach the milestone, joining four Hall of Famers and a future one in Kobe Bryant. Nowitzki is one of three to score all 30,000-plus with one team. The others are Karl Malone (Utah) and Bryant (Lakers).

The 38-year-old Nowitzki matched the best first quarter in his 19 seasons by scoring 18 points, and reached the hallowed mark on a 15-foot fadeaway jumper from the baseline over Larry Nance Jr. with 10:58 remaining in the second quarter.

Nowitzki scored all of his 25 points -- one shy of his season high -- in the first half to send the Mavericks to a 31-point lead in the third quarter. This was the Lakers' first visit to Dallas since setting a franchise record with a 49-point loss, a 122-73 blowout on Jan. 22.

"It's been a crazy ride with a lot of ups and a lot of downs but you guys stuck with me and we hung in there," Nowitzki told the crowd shortly after the final buzzer. "Hopefully a lot more to come."

Dallas extended a franchise record with its 14th straight win over the Lakers, who got a triple-double from Julius Randle with 13 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists in their eighth straight loss.

After the signature shot for 30,000, Nowitzki added a 3-pointer for 23 points in the first 14 minutes before the game was stopped as teammates mobbed the wide-smiling star near midcourt.

Nowitzki waded through the huddle to get to the bench for more hugs and hand slaps, including one from owner Mark Cuban, then returned to the court to acknowledge the standing ovation.

"Dirk has been a model player and terrific ambassador for our game. This latest accomplishment further establishes his legacy as one of the NBA's greatest players," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

Nowitzki finished the night at 30,005 and has said he plans to play a 20th season. If so, the 2007 MVP could have a shot at fifth-place Wilt Chamberlain, who has 31,419. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the career leader at 38,387.

With his ABA career included, Julius Erving is the seventh player to reach the mark.

Fans arrived with T-shirts draped over their seats that read "30K" behind a silhouette of Nowitzki's signature one-legged fadeaway jumper.

Nowitzki got them going right away, scoring the first eight Dallas points on a long 2-pointer and a pair of 3s in the first 2:15. He was 9 of 12 from the field, 3 of 3 from beyond the arc and 4 of 4 on free throws before halftime. He missed his only shot of the second half.

A short video tribute was played when the game was stopped, followed by testimonials from former teammates and fans, even some Germans, during subsequent breaks in the game.

Jason Kidd, the point guard with Nowitzki on Dallas' only championship team in 2011 and second in the NBA in career assists, joked that he should have passed more. Steve Nash, his best friend from the early years of his career, wondered what "ball hog" was in German.

The only glitch was Nowitzki's first attempt at 30,000, an airball on another fadeaway jumper 10 seconds into the second quarter.

TIP-INS

Lakers: D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points apiece. Brandon Ingram and Nick Young joined Randle with 13 apiece. ... Outscored Mavericks 37-19 in the fourth quarter.

Mavericks: Nowitzki had his 20th career half with at least 25 points. It was his first 25-point half since Nov. 16, 2008. The 18-point quarter was his highest since scoring 20 in the third quarter against New Orleans on Jan. 11, 2014. ... The Mavericks led 70-52 at the half. It was their first 70-point half since scoring 72 in the first half of a 130-128 loss to Houston in Game 3 of a first-round playoff series in 2015.

UP NEXT

Lakers: At Phoenix on Thursday.

Mavericks: Home against Brooklyn on Friday.

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki Reaches 30,000-Point Milestone]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 04:59:30 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649374888%281%29.jpg

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has become the sixth NBA player and first international player to score 30,000 points.

The Mavs' superstar got 18 of the 20 points he needed in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, and hit the milestone on a fadeaway jumper with 10:58 left in the second quarter. He added a 3-pointer for 23 points in the first 14 minutes before the game was stopped as teammates mobbed the wide-smiling 38-year-old near midcourt. After going to the bench for more hugs and hand slaps, including one from owner Mark Cuban, Nowitzki returned to the court to acknowledge the standing ovation.

The 7-foot German, in his 19th season, is the third to score at least 30,000 points with one team. The others are Karl Malone (Utah) and Kobe Bryant (Lakers).

"Dirk has been a model player and terrific ambassador for our game. This latest accomplishment further establishes his legacy as one of the NBA's greatest players," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

The 30,000 list includes four Hall of Famers in career leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain, and a future one in Bryant, who is third. Julius Erving also reached the milestone with his ABA career included.

Fans arrived with T-shirts draped over their seats that read "30K" behind a silhouette of Nowitzki's signature one-footed fadeaway jumper.

Nowitzki hit his first six shots and finished the first half with 25 points, just one shy of his season high. He was 9 of 12 from the field, 3 of 3 from beyond the arc and 4 of 4 on free throws before halftime.

A short video tribute was played when the game was stopped, followed by testimonials from former teammates and fans, even some Germans, during subsequent breaks in the game.

His 18-point first quarter was the highest-scoring period for a Dallas player this season, topping Harrison Barnes' 14 in the second quarter of an 86-75 victory over Milwaukee in early November.

While the Lakers did little to stop Nowitzki's pursuit of the milestone, they made sure it didn't happen in the first quarter. With the final seconds winding down, a defender jumped out on him at the 3-point line, forcing Devin Harris to make an open 3 when he wanted to pass to Nowitzki.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Playing Well And So Is Seth Curry]]>Mon, 06 Mar 2017 22:32:30 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SETH_CURRY_FOR_WEB_1200x675_891681859548.jpg

Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry talks about keeping the Mavs' momentum going, how he’s been able to stay in the groove and how the rest of the team will help Dirk Nowitzki reach the 30,000 point milestone.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki Reaches Cusp of NBA's 30,000-Point Club]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:19:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632409830.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki chuckled at the memory of he and Steve Nash trying to sneak in a few shots between YMCA games inside the closest thing the Dallas Mavericks had to a practice facility nearly 20 years ago.

He also recalled a trying rookie season with the Mavericks that was compressed by a lockout, playing on three consecutive nights as a teenager and sometimes sitting out the entire game even when healthy for one of the worst franchises in pro sports.

The 38-year-old German can smile about it all now because he sits on the cusp of an exclusive club , needing 20 points Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers to join four Hall of Famers and a future one, Kobe Bryant, as the only NBA players with 30,000 points. Julius Erving reached that milestone with his ABA career included, while Nowitzki will be the first international player in the group.

"There was some doubt creeping in," said the bearded father of three, recalling the baby-faced version with floppy bangs. "I'm glad I stuck with it and tried to get better. I'm glad we grinded it, barely took any time off in the summer, always trying to add something."

Nash retired three years ago, forced out by back issues that limited him to 15 games his final season. Nowitzki looks better every day in his 19th season after being slowed early by a sore Achilles tendon. He's already said he plans to make it 20.

Together, the best friends revitalized the Mavericks after a decade of losing. So it stands to reason that if Nowitzki were to take a moment to reminisce, his playmaking point guard would come to mind as he prepares to join a list that includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

Not only did the Mavericks lack a practice facility that was theirs exclusively in the late 1990s, Nowitzki said they didn't have catering after games or even food after practice. That's why he and Nash had their favorite hangout -- the Loon.

"We had to go to Chipotle after practice every other day," he said. "And after games, everything was closed so we'd hit the Loon for a chicken sandwich or a burger and a beer for recovery. You can get away with a lot of things when you're young."

Nowitzki and Nash separated before achieving their greatest successes. Nash went to Phoenix as a free agent and won consecutive MVPs in 2005-06. Nowitzki took it the next year after beating Nash and the Suns the previous season for his first trip to the NBA Finals.

Dallas lost to Miami in that 2006 series, but beat LeBron James and the Heat five years later for the franchise's only title. That's the first thing Miami coach Erik Spoelstra thinks of when asked about Nowitzki and the looming milestone.

"What else do you need to accomplish in this league?" Spoelstra asked. "In the toughest, most pressured moments, he played his best. His game is timeless. When he's playing anybody but us, I like throwing the game on and seeing Nowitzki play."

Once former Mavericks coach Don Nelson moved Nowitzki to power forward, the smooth-shooting 7-footer redefined what's known as the "stretch four" position, forcing teams to guard him at the 3-point line. But it was more than that to owner Mark Cuban.

"Put the ball on the ground, spin moves, finished at the rim, rebound and took it coast to coast, rebound and took it for a pull-up 3," Cuban said. "There were big guys that could shoot 3s but they weren't putting it on the ground and leading a fast break."

Nowitzki won his championship by adding a one-legged fadeaway jumper that TV analyst Charles Barkley called unguardable and four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant worked to mimic.

These days, Nowitzki defers to Harrison Barnes in the Dallas offense. The Mavericks gave Barnes a max contract when Durant went to Golden State in free agency.

Barnes, who has a chance to be Dallas' first 20-point scorer since Nowitzki in 2013-14, has enjoyed the closer view of his neighbor in the home locker room.

"You look at his body, his athleticism, you're like, `OK, there's no way this guy has 30,000 points,"' Barnes said with a smile. "It just speaks to his consistency, year in, year out, Hall of Fame players next to him, not Hall of Fame players next to him, going out and doing what he does all the time."

The Mavericks haven't won a playoff series since taking the title almost six years ago, cycling through dozens of roster moves to try to give Nowitzki another shot at a title. Cuban watched all those players come and go.

"When you get a new guy on the team, you've seen Dirk but never really watched Dirk," said Cuban, who bought the team during Nowitzki's second season in January 2000. "And that jumper, you see how smooth it is and you see it go through the net. And you start to see guys really start to appreciate them and realize just how incredible he is or the competitive streak he has. There's just no way to put into words."

There's about to be another way to put it into numbers.

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<![CDATA[Curry, Nowitzki Lead Mavericks Past Thunder 104-89]]>Mon, 06 Mar 2017 06:03:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk-game-winner-Lakers.jpg

It seems so long ago when Dirk Nowitzki was sidelined with a sore Achilles and the Dallas Mavericks were at the bottom of the Western Conference.

Things sure have changed in just a few months.

Nowitzki is now closing in on another milestone and the Mavs are making a serious run at the playoffs.

Nowitzki had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Seth Curry scored 22 as Dallas beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-89 on Sunday night. Nowitzki tied his season high for rebounds and is 20 points away from becoming the sixth player to score 30,000. He'll likely set the mark at home, where Dallas plays its next three games.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks are 26-36 and just two games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, having won 12 of 19 overall and 10 of 12 at home.

"I want to play within the system," Nowitzki said. "I don't want to just hoist shots to get (the milestone). I want to help the team win. We're still chasing a playoff spot, and I think wins right now are more important. Whenever it happens, it happens."

Russell Westbrook scored 29 points after scoring more than 40 in each of his last four games. He had six rebounds and five assists, but the Mavericks frustrated him into both a technical foul and a flagrant-one foul. Both came in the midst of a 21-4 third-quarter run that allowed Dallas to blow the game open.

Westbrook picked up the technical with 8:15 to go in the third quarter when he bounced the ball angrily in referee Marat Kogut's direction after being called for an offensive foul. Then he got his flagrant with 4:27 to go in the quarter for shoving Harrison Barnes and sending him sprawling to the court.

Westbrook wouldn't discuss either play after the game, saying, "It happened. It's over with."

"He's a smart guy. He understands he'll have to do a good job there," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "I think he understands what's in front of him and what we need to do. I know the team is important to him and the win is important to him."

Barnes, who finished with 17 points, made the flagrant free throws and then another to give the Mavericks their biggest lead at 81-57.

"I probably won't be getting that invite to the NFL Combine," Barnes said of Westbrook's shove.

Steven Adams scored 19 for Oklahoma City, and Enes Kanter had 16.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Wesley Matthews was back in the starting lineup after missing two games with a hip injury, scoring nine points and taking the charge that led to Westbrook's technical foul. ... Nerlens Noel had his second straight game in double figures, scoring 13. ... Dallas beat the Thunder for the first time in the teams' past six regular-season meetings.

Thunder: Westbrook's combination of a technical and flagrant-one does not result in an ejection, and he stayed in the game and scored 15 of his team's 21 points in the third quarter. He had 14 in the first quarter and was held scoreless in the second and fourth quarters. ... Victor Oladipo missed his sixth straight game with back spasms.

Curry on Fire
Curry, who has scored more than 20 points in five of the team's last six games, scored eight of Dallas' last 10 in the second quarter to give the Mavs a 60-50 halftime lead. The Mavericks shot 14 for 20 in the second quarter.

"I just try to exceed expectations and play well," Curry said. "And most importantly turn the season around and help the team win. As long as I'm helping the team win, then I'm doing my job."

Not My MVP
It's a good thing for Westbrook that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban doesn't have a vote in the MVP race.

Cuban said Sunday night that he would vote for either James Harden or LeBron James, and that Westbrook wasn't in the mix despite averaging a triple-double through 62 games.

"You look at what Harden is doing on a team that was 41-41 last year," Cuban said. "Look what they're doing now. The Rockets have a top-three record after everybody wrote them off — because of James Harden. That's the difference."

Cuban said last year that Westbrook wasn't a superstar because he hadn't led an otherwise average team to a 50-win season and a playoff series victory, and he's sticking to his classification.

"It's impressive; don't get me wrong," Cuban said. "He's incredible in his own way. But the criteria is the criteria." Cuban later added: "It'd be no fun if I changed my mind."

Up Next
Mavericks: Host the Lakers on Tuesday, the start of a three-game stretch — all at home — against the three teams with the NBA's three worst records.

Thunder: Host Portland on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers have won two of the teams' previous three meetings this year, including a 114-109 win Thursday in Portland.

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<![CDATA[Curry, Noel Lead Retooled Mavericks Past Grizzlies]]>Fri, 03 Mar 2017 22:20:22 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-647665482.jpg

Seth Curry scored 24 points, Nerlens Noel had 15 points and tied a career high with 17 rebounds in his first start since coming to Dallas in a trade, and the Mavericks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-100 on Friday night.

The Mavericks held on despite going scoreless for more than five minutes in the last half of the fourth quarter. The drought ended when Dirk Nowitzki made a free throw after Memphis coach David Fizdale was called for a technical with Dallas leading 94-90 with 46 seconds left.

Mike Conley scored 30 points for Memphis, and Zach Randolph had 24 points and 10 rebounds. Marc Gasol scored 13, but was just 6 of 18 from the field.

Noel, who was supposed to get his first start in Atlanta but was late for the team plane and came off the bench instead, almost had his second double-double of the season by halftime with 13 points and nine boards. His other double-double was with Philadelphia before the deadline deal.

Harrison Barnes had 18 points on just 6-of-15 shooting and Yogi Ferrell scored 17 as all five starters were in double figures for the Mavericks, who flirted with a franchise low in points in an 80-64 loss in their other meeting with Memphis in November.

Dallas was without Nowitzki and three key guards because of injuries in the earlier loss to the Grizzlies. Curry started that game and was just 4 of 14 from the field as the Mavericks nearly had the worst shooting night in franchise history at 29 percent.

The Mavericks have since moved on without starting point guard Deron Williams, committing to Ferrell after adding the rookie on a 10-day contract while Curry gets more comfortable as one of the catalysts for the offense.

Curry was 8 of 15 from the field and Ferrell was 6 of 12 with another guard out as Dallas shot 48 percent. Wesley Matthews missed his second game with a hip injury.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Chandler Parsons had seven points and four rebounds in 24 minutes in his second game against his former team. He's still on a minutes restriction and didn't return after coming out in the third quarter. ... Conley had a four-point play in the first half when he threw up the 3 as he was getting fouled and it banked in.

Mavericks: Nowitzki scored 10 points and needs 38 to become the sixth NBA player with 30,000 points. ... Devin Harris had a game-high six assists. ... Noel's other 17-rebound game was in March 2015 with the 76ers against Atlanta.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Memphis takes a 10-3 record on the second night of back-to-backs into a visit to Houston. The Grizzlies won their first eight.

Mavericks: The second of five straight at home against Oklahoma City on Sunday.

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<![CDATA['Dirk Burger' Returns to AAC Through March]]>Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:23:27 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirkburger.jpg

The Dirk Burger is back on the menu at the American Airlines Center.

The AAC's most popular burger-of-the-month returns in honor of Dirk Nowitzki’s quest for 30,000 career points and will be available through March.

Nowitzki and AAC Executive Chef Mark Mabry collaborated in 2016 to create the ⅓-pound hamburger on Bavarian pretzel bun topped with jalapeno beer cheese, bacon onion marmalade, arugula and mustard horseradish aioli.

The 2017 Dirk Burger will come with a souvenir DIRK 30K cup for $18.

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<![CDATA[Hawks Hold Off Rallying Mavericks 100-95]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:28:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks+Rick+Carlisle.jpg

Paul Millsap scored on a drive with 30.5 seconds remaining and the Atlanta Hawks held off the rallying Dallas Mavericks for a 100-95 victory Wednesday night.

After Millsap's basket put the Hawks ahead 96-95, Harrison Barnes missed a chance to put the Mavericks back in front. His jumper was off the mark with Kent Bazemore right in his face.

Ersan Ilyasova was fouled going for the rebound and knocked down both free throws to extend Atlanta's lead with 11.1 seconds left.

Dallas still had a chance to force overtime, but Seth Curry slipped on the inbounds pass and Bazemore scooped up the loose ball, taking off the other way for a dunk that clinched the victory.

Millsap had 18 points and just missed a triple-double, dishing out 10 assists to go with eight rebounds. Ilyasova also finished with 18 points.

Barnes led the Mavericks with 25 points.

The Hawks were up nearly the entire game, but the Mavericks fought back in the final quarter. Barnes knocked down a 3-pointer with 4:05 remaining to put Dallas ahead 90-87 -- its first lead since the opening minutes.

Curry, who finished with 21 points, extended the margin to 93-89 with another 3 -- his fifth of the game.

But the Hawks finished with an 11-2 spurt of their own.

GHANA IN THE HOUSE

Ben Bentil made his NBA debut for the Mavericks.

The Ghana native was a second-round pick by the Boston Celtics, but didn't make the team. He had played in the D-League and even did a stint in China before signing a 10-day contract with the Mavericks.

Bentil entered the game in the second quarter, but didn't score in a 4 1/2 minutes of playing time.

DOUBLING UP

After being ejected from Atlanta's last game, Dwight Howard made it all the way through this time.

He had 14 points and 12 rebounds, his 39th double-double of the season.

Howard entered the night tied for sixth in the league in double-doubles.

NOWITZKI WATCH

Dirk Nowitzki moved a step closer to becoming just the sixth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points.

He had 11 points to push his career total to 29,952, leaving him just 48 shy of joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain in the exclusive club.

UP NEXT:

Mavericks: Return to Dallas on Friday to face the Memphis Grizzlies, beginning a five-game homestand.

Hawks: Host LeBron James and the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, the second of six straight home games for Atlanta.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Hand Heat 3rd Loss in 19 Games with 96-89 Win]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:15:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632409832.jpg

Seth Curry signaled for a three-point play when he was knocked down after making a jumper to give Dallas its first lead.

The younger sibling of Golden State's Stephen Curry didn't need any gestures — but still provided them along with some shouts to the crowd — on two long 3-pointers in the second half, the latter putting the Mavericks ahead for good in the final two minutes.

Curry scored 29 points, Harrison Barnes added 24 and the Mavericks handed the Heat just their third loss in 19 games with a 96-89 victory Monday night.

Two games after scoring a career-high 31 points in a loss at Minnesota, Curry was 5 of 7 from long range on the same night his more famous brother was a career-worst 0 for 11 from deep in the Warriors' win at Philadelphia.

"I haven't played this many minutes in my career, so it was good for me to get some rest and come back with a new, fresh mindset and just try to play to win," said Curry, whose go-ahead 3 gave Dallas a 90-89 lead.

Goran Dragic scored 24 points for the Heat, who were outscored 12-0 over the final 4:37 as a three-game winning streak ended along with a franchise-best run of 16 games with at least 100 points.

Hassan Whiteside, a free agent target for Dallas last summer, had 19 points and 19 rebounds. Now the Mavericks are preparing for a future with 22-year-old Nerlens Noel, who came from Philadelphia before the trade deadline.

The rangy 6-foot-11 forward-center had a crowd-energizing block from behind on Whiteside and finished with six points and six rebounds. Dallas is 2-0 with him in the lineup.

"I want to win these guys over and let them know that I'm playing for them," Noel said. "Any way possible."

Dragic completed a 9-0 Heat run with a 3-pointer for an 89-84 lead. But Miami missed its last seven shots, and the Mavericks scored the final six points on free throws after Curry put them in front.

Curry scored 11 points in the second quarter, including the three-point play that gave Dallas its first lead at 48-46.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Coach Rick Carlisle said G J.J. Barea is at least a week away from returning from a left calf strain that has sidelined him the past 16 games and for 33 of the 41 games he has missed this season.

Heat: C Willie Reed won't need a boot or crutches to treat bursitis in his right ankle. Coach Erik Spoelstra said Reed was day to day. ... The visit to Dallas was the Miami's last road game against the West this season. ... Whiteside had his 38th double-double this season and the 101st of his career.

Top-Heavy Scoring
Curry and Barnes were the only Dallas scorers in double figures, but Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 12 rebounds to go with eight points.

Delay of Game Penalty
The Heat were given a technical for delay of game coming out of a timeout when they had the ball with an 89-86 lead with 3:26 remaining. Curry made the free throw, then hit the go-ahead shot after the teams traded turnovers.

"A little bit of communication of who was taking the ball out, but it's not as if we were in the huddle," Spoelstra said. "That's not why we lost the game."

Up Next
Mavericks: At Atlanta on Wednesday before a season-long five-game homestand starting with Memphis on Friday.

Heat: Home against Philadelphia on Wednesday in the third game of a six-game stretch alternating between home and road. That stretch ends at defending champion Cleveland on the second night of a back-to-back Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Breaking Down The Mavericks Recent Roster Moves ]]>Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:59:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy_sefko_mavs_talk_1200x675_886119491805.jpg

NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs and Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News discuss the new look Mavericks roster and the team's playoff chances this season.]]>
<![CDATA[Towns, Wiggins Help Wolves Beat Mavericks 97-84]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:05:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766146.jpg

Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 18 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-84 on Friday night.

Ricky Rubio added 13 points and 14 assists a day after the Timberwolves declined an opportunity to trade him to the New York Knicks for Derrick Rose. The Wolves shot 52.6 percent to pull within 2 1/2 games of Denver for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Towns had seven turnovers, but scored 14 of his points in the fourth quarter to turn back the Mavericks.

Seth Curry scored a career-high 31 points and Harrison Barnes added 20 points and six rebounds for Dallas. Dirk Nowitzki was just 4 for 14 and Wes Matthews was 2 for 9 as the Mavs dropped three games back of the Nuggets.

The Mavericks acquired Nerlens Noel from Philadelphia on Thursday, but he wasn't able to join the team in time for the game. They sure could have used him.

Minnesota outscored Dallas 48-30 in the paint, with Wiggins and Towns attacking the rim all game long. Wiggins scored 16 points in the first quarter and Towns exploited the undersized Mavericks in the second half. Even Rubio got into the act, going behind his back on a dribble and scoring with the right hand to give the Wolves a 90-80 lead with three minutes to play.

Curry tried to keep Dallas in it with his shooting, but he didn't have much help. Nowitzki air-balled a wide open 3 and clanked another great look in the fourth quarter. He missed all four of his shots from long range and finished with eight points.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Curry's previous career-high was 24 points against San Antonio on Jan. 29. ... Devin Harris had eight points off the bench, and his 3 tied it at 75 with eight minutes to go.

Timberwolves: Wiggins topped 20 points for the 16th straight game, which ties a franchise record. Kevin Garnett did it twice in his Wolves career. ... PF Adreian Payne was back with the team for the first time since Feb. 1. Payne had been at home after being diagnosed with a blood disorder that hindered clotting. He still has not been cleared for contact but did participate in the morning shootaround.

NOEL'S DEBUT

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Dallas has been talking with Philadelphia for most of the season about acquiring Noel to bolster the team's athleticism and rim protection in the frontcourt. The deal was completed on Thursday, a few hours before the deadline. But Noel wasn't in Minneapolis. He flew to Dallas to get acclimated and Carlisle said he would likely make his Mavericks debut on Saturday at home against the Pelicans.

Carlisle said the team will try to ease Noel in and that it was no guarantee that he would be in the starting lineup, though it would seem inevitable that the 22-year-old former No. 6 overall pick will slide in at center and allow Nowitzki to move back to power forward.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Dallas heads back home to host New Orleans on Saturday in the Pelicans' second game since acquiring DeMarcus Cousins.

Timberwolves: Minnesota heads to Houston on Saturday to start a four-game trip.

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<![CDATA[Mavs G.M. Nelson on he Process Behind the Noel Trade]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:06:43 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_Donnie_Nelson_Trade_1200x675_884407875867.jpg

Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson discusses the process behind the trade that brought forward Nerlens Noel to Dallas and makes a comparison to a former Mavericks player.]]>
<![CDATA[Sixers Fans, Media Rip Team for Trading Noel to Dallas]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:18:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/untitled_sequence.02.jpg

The word across the NBA is the Mavericks clearly won the trade they made with the Sixers to land their new starting center Nerlens Noel.

In Philly, the media is all over their NBA club for getting a disappointing former first rounder Justin Anderson, a health-challenged center Andrew Bogut who isn’t going to be around and two second round draft picks.

Comcast Sports Net Sixers Insider Dei Lynam is down on the trade.

Corey Seidman fo CSNPhilly.com bashed the Sixers for moving on from Noel:

So, given the return, the only explanation for Thursday's deadline trade of Noel to the Mavericks was that the Sixers definitively concluded they did not want to match a high salary for Noel.

Either that or they just really, really love Justin Anderson.

The trade was initially sold as Noel to Dallas for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a protected first-round pick.

In reality, the trade is Noel for Anderson and two second-round picks.

Bogut wants to be a free agent and will either be traded or bought out, according to multiple reports. So, forget about him.

The 2017 first-round pick? It's top-18 protected, meaning the Sixers would get it only if the Mavericks pick 19 to 30. The Mavs currently own the NBA's seventh-worst record, so it would take a miracle for them to win enough games to decrease their draft stock that much.

If the pick does not convey in 2017 -- and again, it's not happening -- the Sixers instead get Dallas' second-round picks in 2017 and 2018.

So, yeah, it's Noel for Anderson and a pair of second rounders.

Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo is getting shredded on Twitter by his fan base.

So Mavs fans, feel good. The club got younger and after the season they will have to deal with Noel’s restricted contract status.

I think after watching Tyson Chandler leave twice in free agency the Mavericks will lock up Noel.



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Trade Bogut, Anderson to 76ers for Nerlens Noel]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:50:49 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-504402880.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks have agreed to a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers for Nerlens Noel ahead of the NBA's 2 p.m. trade deadline Thursday, according to a report.

TheVertical's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Thursday morning that the Mavericks acquired the 6-foot-10 Noel in exchange for center Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a top 18-protected first-round draft pick.

The Mavericks will work to sign Noel to an extension, according to Wojnarowski.

Noel, a power forward and center, is averaging 8.9 points, 5 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 19.4 minutes per game this season. For his career, he's averaging 10.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 28.3 minutes per game.

The 22-year-old Noel was selected No. 6 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Kentucky and traded to Philadelphia later that day. He was named to the NBA's first-team All-Rookie team during the 2014-15 season.

Bogut, whom the Mavericks acquired from the Golden State Warriors in 2016, was averaging 3 points and 8.3 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game this season.

Anderson, the Mavericks' first-round pick in 2015, has averaged 5.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game for his career.



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<![CDATA[Jackson, Leuer Lead Pistons to 98-91 Win Over Mavericks]]>Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:33:31 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509282256.jpg

Reggie Jackson snapped out of his scoring slump and helped the Detroit Pistons head into the All-Star break with a win.

Jackson scored 22 points, Jon Leuer added 20 and the Pistons beat the Dallas Mavericks 98-91 Wednesday night.

"Shots just went in, and coach kept calling my number," Jackson said after shooting 8 for 12 from the field, including 3 for 4 on 3-pointers. "(Dallas) just kept having coverages where they really didn't come off our wings, nor did they want to leave Andre (Drummond). I was just a recipient of the coverage they played."

It was Jackson's first 20-point game since he had 24 at Miami on Jan. 28. He reached double digits just four times in nine games since, averaging 8.9 points during that stretch.

"I thought he played well tonight, and we needed it," Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Jackson had 12 of his points in the first half, when the Pistons roared out to a 62-35 lead.

"We had no energy," Dallas center Dirk Nowitzki said, "no bounce about ourselves. It was one of the worst halves we've played all season, and you could tell in the second we had a lot more bounce."

Nowitzki led the way in the third quarter, scoring 13 of his game-high 24 points, to help the Mavericks rally.

"We burned the first half at halftime," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "The second half has got to be the norm for us. The first half was an embarrassment, and we all know it and we all own it. It cost us the game, it's pretty clear."

Dallas pulled within eight midway through the fourth quarter, but the Pistons held them off the rest of the way until Deron Williams hit s 3-pointer in the final seconds to provide the final score. Nowitzki also had 10 rebounds. Harrison Barnes added 16 points, Seth Curry had 13 and Williams 12.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points, Tobias Harris 13 and Ish Smith 10 for the Pistons. Detroit outrebounded Dallas 57-38, led by Marcus Morris' 14, Drummond's 11 and Aron Baynes' 11.

The Pistons never trailed, taking a 10-0 lead to start the game, making 52.1 percent of their shots in the first half. However, Dallas outscored Detroit 56-36 in the second half.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks:  It was the final appearance at the Palace for coach Rick Carlisle, who coached the Pistons from 2001-03 and was the Indiana Pacers' coach the night of the infamous brawl at the arena in 2004. "It's going to be hard to imagine coming here and not coming to Auburn Hills to play," he said before the game. "But it sounds like the new arena (in downtown Detroit) is going to be very nice." The Pistons move to Little Caesars Arena next season. ... Nowitzki's double-double was his third of the season and the 400th of his career.

Pistons: Leuer now has 2,000 points for his career. ... Drummond had nine points in 19 minutes, ending his streak of five straight double-doubles. ... The Pistons won while scoring less than 100 points for only the third time this season. They're 3-20 in that situation. ... It was Detroit's home win over the Mavericks since Jan. 17, 2011, and the first season sweep by the Pistons of the Mavericks since the 1997-98 season

Up Next
Mavericks: Host Minnesota on Feb. 24.

Pistons: Host Charlotte on Feb. 23.

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<![CDATA[Marcus Smart Glad to Play in Front of Family and Friends]]>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:32:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MARCUS_SMART_FOR_WEB_1200x675_876581955980.jpg

Former Flower Mound Marcus High School star Marcus Smart returns home to face the Mavs. He talks about playing in front of family and friends, the Dallas Cowboys, and his time in Boston with the Celtics.]]>
<![CDATA[J.J. Barea Gives Update on His Calf Injury]]>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:29:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JJ_BAREA_SOUND_FOR_WEB_1200x675_876577347505.jpg

J.J. Barea talks about his calf injury and gives an update on when he will return to action.]]>
<![CDATA[Smart Helps Celtics Stay Hot in 111-98 Win over Mavs]]>Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:40:50 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-635189660.jpg

Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics had little trouble with a batch of Western Conference opponents — save for a hiccup in Sacramento.

Now they're gaining fast in the East.

Thomas had 29 points and eight assists, backcourt mate Marcus Smart added 19 points against his hometown team and the Celtics beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-98 on Monday night.

Kelly Olynyk scored seven of his 15 points during a 12-2 run that started with the Celtics leading by one in the fourth quarter as the Atlantic Division leaders won for the 10th time in 11 games.

Boston pulled within two games of defending NBA champion Cleveland atop the East by finishing a 5-1 stretch against the West with three straight road wins, following what now looks like a puzzling 16-point loss in Sacramento.

"We would love to go 4-0, but things happened," said Smart, who starred at a high school in a suburb near Dallas. "But we bounced back. That's what good teams do. We're becoming a very, very great team."

Rookie Yogi Ferrell had 20 points for the Mavericks, who came in with three wins over division leaders in the past two weeks after spending the first three months at or near the bottom of the West.

Olynyk started the decisive surge with a pair of layups, followed by a high-arching layup on a drive by Thomas, the NBA's second-leading scorer. After Olynyk hit a 3-pointer, Thomas made one for a 100-89 Boston lead.

"They've got a legitimate shot to get to the Finals with that team out of the East," said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, who played for the Celtics. "It's a very good basketball team, so when you're playing a team on that level, you've just gotta be on it from the very beginning."

Mavericks guard Deron Williams was ejected late in the second quarter after getting two quick technical fouls for arguing a foul call, part of an 8-0 Boston run over the final 58 seconds for the Celtics' 61-50 lead at the break.

Williams, who was in his second game back after missing eight games with a right big toe sprain, was called for pushing off while driving for a layup. He intercepted a pass intended for official Justin VanDuyne, who made the call, and began arguing with him.

Dallas' point guard pounded the ball on the floor with two hands while turning away as the first was technical was called, and VanDuyne quickly called the second tech.

Thomas and Smart combined for 23 points in the first quarter, but Ferrell had 13 at halftime to help Dallas get within three before Boston's late surge.

Harrison Barnes scored 19 for Dallas, and Dirk Nowitzki and Wesley Matthews had 18 apiece.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Nowitzki's 26-point average against Boston coming into the game was the highest against any opponent for the 19th-year player. ... Despite the ejection, Williams got the assist he needed to pass Muggsy Bogues for 19th on the NBA's career list. Williams now has 6,727 assists.

Celtics: Gerald Green played despite an illness, scoring 10 points in 13 minutes. ... The Celtics swept the two-game season series after having dropped seven straight against the Mavericks. ... Jae Crowder had 10 points, including a 3 to help put the game away against his former team.

Cuban Amused
Mark Cuban says President Donald Trump's tweet suggesting that the outspoken owner of the Mavericks wasn't smart enough to be commander in chief "gave me a little giggles."

A vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton during the campaign, Cuban said Monday that he woke up a day earlier to Trump's tweet, which read "I know Mark Cuban well. He backed me big-time but I wasn't interested in taking all of his calls. He's not smart enough to run for president!"

Cuban retweeted it with an "Lol." Speaking to reporters before the game, Cuban said he woke up thinking "there must be peace and harmony throughout the entire world because the president of the United States has chosen to wake up and tweet to me."

Up Next
Mavericks: At Detroit in the last game before the break.

Celtics: A back-to-back before the All-Star break, at home against Philadelphia on Wednesday and at Chicago on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Barnes Leads Mavericks' Rally to Beat Jazz 112-105 in OT]]>Fri, 10 Feb 2017 05:37:00 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-611022802.jpg

Harrison Barnes and his Dallas teammates looked up and saw they trailed by 21 points midway through the third quarter on Thursday night.

Barnes picked up the pace to finish with 31 points, including eight in overtime, and the Mavericks rallied to beat the Utah Jazz 112-105.

"This is a great victory for us," Barnes said. "We've put ourselves in tough situations, some of which we've battled out of and some which we haven't."

When Utah last visited Dallas on Jan. 20, the Jazz won 112-107 in overtime.

A big difference was that Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who had career highs of 27 points and 25 rebounds that night, fouled out with 22 seconds left in regulation and the Jazz leading 100-96.

"[Derrick] Favors is a good rim protector, too, but Gobert is probably the best in the game." Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "[Barnes] was quicker than some of the guys his size, and he was certainly quicker than the bigger guys. He went by Favors once or twice. He got by [Boris] Diaw."

The Mavericks scored the final four points of regulation, on a dunk by Barnes and a rebound basket from the edge of the foul line by Dirk Nowitzki with 3 seconds remaining.

"That's what [Nowitzki] does," Dallas' Wesley Matthews said. "That's why he's one of the greatest of all time."

In overtime, Barnes' drive for a three-point play ended an 11-0 run that began late in regulation and put Dallas ahead 107-100. Devin Harris scored the first four points of OT.

Utah's Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 36 points, but missed a 3-point attempt from the left corner as regulation ended.

Nowitzki finished with 20 points.

Gobert scored 15 points and added 15 rebounds.

Dallas won for the first time in four games against the Jazz this season, and ended the Northwest Division leader's four-game winning streak. The Mavericks had lost two in a row.

Seth Curry scored 16, Matthews added 15 and Harris had 13 for Dallas.

Joe Ingles scored 16 for Utah, which won at New Orleans on Wednesday and seemed headed to another victory when it stretched a 12-point halftime lead to 74-53.

"I feel like we played well to a point tonight, then we just didn't," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "We just weren't smart and we didn't maintain our focus. They're a tough matchup with Dirk. Barnes is a tough matchup for our bigs."

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: C Andrew Bogut missed his sixth straight game since aggravating a strained right hamstring, and G Deron Williams (sprained left big toe) missed his eighth in a row. ... Matthews left the game briefly in the first quarter, but returned after changing his shoes.

Jazz: G George Hill did not dress because of a sprained left big toe. He did not play in 12 other games this season because of the injury, and has missed 25 altogether. Dante Exum started in Hill's place. ... Ingles made all four 3-point attempts in the first half, but missed three in the second to fall short of tying his career high of five. ... Gobert's double-double was his 36th this season.

Scoring 30
Barnes had one 30-point game during his four seasons with Golden State, but has had six in his first season for the Mavericks, including a career-high 34 on Nov. 6. He has been the leading scorer in 28 of their 53 games. They're 3-3 when he has scored 30-plus.

Hayward has scored 30-plus points in three of the last four games. The Jazz are 6-2 in the eight games when he has scored 30. His career high is 37.

Cuban in Celebrity Game
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will represent the Western Conference again this year in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Feb. 17 in New Orleans.

Cuban said he scored two points in last year's game in Toronto, and doesn't expect much more this year.

"The only double-double I'm going to get is run down 10 times and run back 10 times."

Up Next
Mavericks: Host Orlando on Saturday night in the third game of a four-game homestand.

Jazz: Meet Boston on Saturday to begin a three-game homestand.

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<![CDATA[One-on-One with New Dallas Mavs Player Yogi Ferrell]]>Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:31:29 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/real_doney_yogi_ferrell_interview_for_web_1200x675_873718851529.jpg

Two weeks ago, Yogi Ferrell was in the NBA D-League. Now he's the starting point guard for the Dallas Mavericks. NBC 5's Pat Doney spoke with Ferrell one-on-one about his wild journey to the NBA.]]>
<![CDATA[McCollum's Winner Sends Blazers Past Mavs 114-113]]>Wed, 08 Feb 2017 04:36:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766146.jpg

On a night when Dirk Nowitzki turned back the clock for the Dallas Mavericks, C.J. McCollum had the final answer.

McCollum scored 32 points, the last two on a runner from the top of the lane with 0.9 seconds left to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 114-113 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Nowitzki finished with 25 points that included two clutch 3-pointers, the second a potential game-winner with 3.9 seconds left.

Portland and Dallas — fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference — battled through a tense fourth quarter that saw the teams trade 13-0 runs at one point, then exchange leads six times in the final minute.

McCollum scored Portland's last seven points. On the final sequence, he took Mason Plumlee's inbounds pass and split a double-team of Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews to break into the clear.

"Once I caught it, I knew I was going to attack right away," McCollum said. "I tried to split (the double team), and get to the free-throw line and get to my sweet spot."

McCollum released his runner at the free-throw line and it swished through. Dallas, which was without a time-out, managed only Devin Harris' long heave from three-quarter court that wasn't close.

Damian Lillard added 29 points for the Blazers, who tied their season series with the Mavericks at 2-2 — each team winning twice on the others' home floor.

Barnes led the Mavericks with 26 points and Matthews added 23.

Portland led 101-89 with 7:19 to go before the Mavericks answered the Blazers' 13-0 run with one of their own. Neither team led by more than two points in the final five minutes.

Nowitzki's 3 with 38.9 seconds left gave Dallas a 108-107 lead and prompted a fist pump from the veteran, who was coming off four games of below double figures for only the second time since his rookie season.

"The shot-making at the end was just vintage," coach Rick Carlisle said. "It was breathtaking."

But McCollum was just getting started. He hit a short jumper, then answered a Devin Harris counter with a three-point play to make it 112-110 with 12.3 seconds to play before Nowitzki hit another long ball.

"You're just hoping that's `Game'." said Nowitzki of his last 3. "But three seconds in this league is a long time. I've obviously seen a lot of stuff happen. McCollum made a heck of a play."

Bad Break
Forward Evan Turner suffering a broken right hand in the third quarter after scoring 11 points. He left with 5:08 to play and did not return.

Turner was diagnosed with a broken third metacarpal bone. Neither he nor coach Terry Stotts could gauge how long he would be out, but Turner was told after the game he likely would not need surgery.

"All I saw was I ran into Harrison Barnes," Turner said. "It didn't feel like crazy pain, more like numbing a little bit. I just went back out there and I caught the ball. I couldn't feel any type of grip or anything like that. That was pretty much it."

With Turner out and Allen Crabbe in foul trouble, it was left to Lillard and McCollum to carry the Blazers' offense.

"We'll miss him," Lillard said of Turner. "I think what he brings to the table is why we signed him. It's something that it'll be hard to get from one other person, but it'll have to be a collective effort from guys having to step up in his shoes."

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Seth Curry injured his left shoulder in a collision with Portland's Mason Plumlee with 8:49 left in the third quarter. He went to the locker room but returned to the game four minutes later and finished with four points. . Nowitzki's two blocked shots gave him 1,200 for this career, the 55th player in NBA history to reach that figure.

Trail Blazers: Turner had 11 points but left the game with 5:08 remaining in the third quarter and did not return. . During their big 16-2 run in the second quarter, both McCollum and Plumlee scored on alley-oop dunks. McCollum's came directly off an inbounds pass from the right wing. ... Lillard shot just 4-for-20 in the Blazers' loss to the Mavericks on Friday. He made four field goals on his first six shots in the first quarter Tuesday.

Making it Official
After helping the Mavericks to a 4-1 record on a 10-day contract, Ferrell signed his two-year contract Tuesday, calling it "one of the happiest days of my life."

Dallas owner Mark Cuban said the team didn't want to risk having to bid for Ferrell's services after the contract or a subsequent 10-day expired.

"I wasn't going to find out (if other teams were interested)," Cuban said. "There's just no reason to find out."

Ferrell averaged 17 points and five assists in his first five games with the Mavericks, numbers that earned the endorsement of his fellow Indiana graduate Cuban.

"It's a mockery within a travesty within a transmogrification that he wasn't NBA Player of the Week," Cuban said.

Up Next
Mavericks: Continue their four-game homestand Thursday against Utah, whom they have not beaten in three tries this season.

Trail Blazers: Home on Thursday against the Celtics, whom they have beaten in six of the teams' last eight meetings.

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<![CDATA[Barton Scores 31 in Nuggets' 110-87 Win Over Mavericks]]>Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:22:20 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks+Rick+Carlisle.jpg

Will Barton turned a spot start into his biggest game of the season.

Barton scored a season-high 31 points, connecting on five 3-pointers, and the Denver Nuggets overcame the absence of three starters to beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-87 on Monday night.

Gary Harris added 20 points and Wilson Chandler had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who were without forward Danilo Gallinari because of a left groin strain and guard Emmanuel Mudiay due to a recurrence of a lower back injury. Also missing the game was forward Kenneth Faried, who was excused to tend to personal matters.

"Tonight, I was given a bigger opportunity and a bigger role and, you know, just rose to the moment," Barton said. "We had some guys down. I just wanted to come out and make plays for my teammates."

Harris said he and the rest of the Nuggets fed off Barton's aggressive play on both ends of the floor.

"He just gives us energy and we all started playing with energy," Harris said.

Dallas, which was also short-handed, was led by Seth Curry and Yogi Ferrell. They had 15 points apiece, but the loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Mavericks.

"Credit them but we weren't as aggressive as we needed to be on the defensive end," Wesley Matthews said. "We didn't attack this game as we should have."

Trailing by as many as 27 early in the third quarter, the Mavericks closed the period with an 18-6 spurt and pulled to 82-67 going into the fourth. Matthews and Curry both hit 3-pointers in the run.

The Mavericks cut the deficit to 13 with just under six minutes remaining, but Denver responded with a 7-0 burst capped by Chandler's reverse layup with 3:30 left to rebuild a 20-point cushion. The Mavericks did not threaten again.

Dallas had plenty of ground to make up after being outscored 30-13 in the second quarter as Denver opened a 59-37 halftime lead. Barton was at the center of the Nuggets' strong early showing, scoring 19 points in the first half, including a trio of 3-pointers.

"We didn't have anyone to stop him," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "We did a decent job at the beginning of the game and then he just started to get going. He got going on our bench guys. He had a good night and we didn't do anything to stop him."

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: G Deron Williams missed a sixth consecutive game since injuring his left big toe but could be getting closer to a return. Carlisle said he is hopeful Williams could return "sometime soon. He has a thing with his toe that is an unusual injury because you can play with it, but it's extremely painful. So it's going to be managing comfort and trying to work through it." ... C Andrew Bogut remains sidelined because of a right hamstring strain.

Nuggets: Gallinari missed his third straight game since injuring his groin. ... Mudiay has missed three of the past six games due to lower back issues. ... Barton scored a career-high 32 points against on New Orleans on Dec. 20, 2015.

Up Next
Mavericks: Return home to host Portland on Tuesday.

Nuggets: Embark on a three-game road trip, making their first stop Wednesday night in Atlanta.

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<![CDATA[Who is Yogi Ferrell?]]>Sat, 04 Feb 2017 17:58:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_who_is_yogi_ferrell_1200x675_870299715795.jpg"Yogi-mania" has overtaken the Mavericks, as the guard on a ten-day contract has averaged 18 points per game for Dallas. NBC 5's Pat Doney has more on the former Indiana Hoosiers star.]]><![CDATA[Matthews Set to Compete at NBA All-Star Weekend]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:24:53 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/519283208.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks will be represented at NBA All-Star weekend.

The league announced that Mavs guard Wesley Matthews will compete in the 2017 JBL Three-Point Contest at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 18. 

Matthews is one of eight players in the contest that will include defending champion Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors. 

This is Matthews' second time participating in the event. He finished fourth in 2015 when he was a member of the Portland Trail Blazers. 

He's the ninth Maverick to take part in the contest. Dirk Nowitzki is the only Maverick to win, and that was back in 2006. 

Matthews has 129 three pointers this season, which is 10th most in the NBA.



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<![CDATA[Curry, Mejri Lead Mavericks to 113-95 Win Over 76ers]]>Wed, 01 Feb 2017 22:12:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6307066161.jpg

Seth Curry scored 22 points, Salah Mejri had 16 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 113-95 on Wednesday night for their fifth win in six games.

Mejri played 21 minutes at center with Andrew Bogut out of action and helped Dallas -- the NBA's worst-rebounding team -- set a season high for boards and outrebound the Sixers 51-39.

He scored 10 points, all on dunks, early in the fourth quarter to help the Mavericks lead by 22.

Harrison Barnes added 16 points for Dallas, and Devin Harris had 14.

Jahlil Okafor led the 76ers with 16 points, and Ersan Ilyasova added 13. Philadelphia played without starters Robert Covington (bruised right hand) and Joel Embiid (left knee contusion).

The Mavericks led by just four points with three minutes left in the third quarter, but Harris hit back-to-back 3s to start a 13-5 run that gave the Mavericks an 81-69 lead.

Mejri then scored 10 of Dallas' first 12 points in the fourth, opening the lead to 93-74.

The Mavericks used a 26-8 run to turn a nine-point, second-quarter deficit into a 50-41 lead before the Sixers scored the last six points of the half. Barnes and Curry combined to score the last 13 points of the run.

TIP-INS

76ers: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot made his first start of the season in place of Covington and scored seven points. ... Philadelphia won 10 games in January, its most in a month since January 2012. The Sixers won 10 games all of last season.

Mavericks: Yogi Ferrell, who scored a career-high 19 points against Cleveland on Monday, had 11 on Wednesday. He also brought the crowd to its feet late in the third quarter when he knocked the ball away from Philadelphia's Sergio Rodriguez on a fast break and his momentum carried him headfirst into the first row of spectators. ... Mejri reached his season high in rebounds in the first half alone, with 12 boards in just 11 minutes.

WHO'S NOT THERE

A credible starting five could have been constructed from the regulars who missed Wednesday's game with injuries. With swingman Covington and power forward Embiid out for Philadelphia, Mavericks guards J.J. Barea (left calf strain) and Deron Williams (left big toe sprain) and center Bogut (right hamstring strain) continued to miss time.

Embiid will miss at least the next two games for Philadelphia, while Covington was not ruled out to play Thursday at San Antonio.

Williams could travel on the Mavericks' upcoming two-game road trip, but Bogut and Barea will likely be out longer.

UP NEXT

76ers: Stay in Texas with a visit to the Spurs on Thursday, the second game in a four-game trip.

Mavericks: Visit Portland on Friday, their first of two matchups in five days with the Trail Blazers.

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Cuban Questions 'Hypocrisy' of Trump's Order]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:04:51 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mark-cuban-donald-trump.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban questioned the effectiveness of President Donald Trump's executive order restricting immigration from seven countries, citing the "hypocrisy" of limiting immigration from some countries while not including others.

"I understand safety," Cuban said. "We all want to be safer. No one wants to be unsafe. But the hypocrisy of it all — only seven countries. Now, if it had been all terrorist-hosting countries, but seven countries? That's like locking your door with the best security ever invented and leaving all your windows open. It just makes no sense."

Cuban spoke of the struggles of his grandparents coming to America to escape persecution in Nazi-occupied Austria and in Stalinist Russia, and the challenges they initially faced as immigrants here.

"You don't condemn an entire country based on the mistakes of a few," Cuban said. "We're a country of hopes and dreams and the American Way. The wider we take that, the safer I believe we'll be. It's not that I don't understand. We're all terrified of terrorism. We're all terrified the next event could be near us or someone close to us. But it's the old sports analogy: Character isn't revealed when things are going well. Character is revealed when you're under stress and being challenged. We'll see what the character of this country is."

Cuban also said he was proud of the response from some of the NBA's top players and coaches, including Toronto guard Kyle Lowry and coaches Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr, who criticized the order. He cited the league's work in developing nations through Basketball Without Borders and its players' willingness to take stands on social issues.

"That's who we are," Cuban said. "We've always tried to help those who were less fortunate. We're community driven. Our players take big steps in community organizations. We take big steps as a league. And of course we're going to have fans to say stay out of politics.

"And, for 16 years, I did, but we all have our own reasons and as American citizens, we can never forget its country first, basketball second."

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<![CDATA[LeBron Unleashes on Barkley After Loss to Mavs]]>Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:11:18 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/176*120/GettyImages-633128062.jpg

LeBron James is done bowing to Sir Charles.

After he was criticized by Charles Barkley for questioning Cleveland's front office, James tore into the former NBA star and opinionated TV commentator on Monday night following a loss in Dallas. James not only countered what was said about him but he also attacked Barkley's character for some off-the-court missteps.

"I'm not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that," James told ESPN after the Cavs lost 104-97 to Dallas, dropping the defending champions to 7-8 in January. "I'm not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, `I'm not a role model.' I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.

"All I've done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that."

Barkley has never been one to hold back his opinion on James or any other player, but the 11-time All-Star was particularly critical of James last week after Cleveland's star complained about Cleveland's roster being "top-heavy" and questioning whether the team's front office was satisfied with one title.

Barkley said James was "whiny" and "inappropriate" and wondered about his motives. Barkley called James "the best player in the world" but wondered if he really wanted to compete. James initially dismissed Barkley, saying he was only trying to boost TV ratings. Barkley works as an in-studio host for TNT.

However, James decided he couldn't let those comments go and turned on Barkley, who never won an NBA title.

"He's a hater. What makes what he says credible? Because he's on TV?" James said. "I know he wanted to retire a long time ago, but he can't. He's stuck up on that stage every week."

James also said if Barkley wants to continue any discussion, he knows where to find him.

"If this makes him want to talk to me, the schedule's out there," James said. "He knows every road arena I'll be in. Don't just come up to me at All-Star and shake my hand and smile."

This isn't the first time James has fired back this season at detractors. He was upset when New York Knicks president Phil Jackson referred to his close friends and business partners as his "posse."

James hasn't forgotten Jackson's words, firing back at him to ESPN as well.

"I went to see (Carmelo Anthony) at the Garden two years ago when we were in New York," James said. "They played Portland. I went up to a suite at halftime, and Phil Jackson didn't say one word to me."

James and the Cavs have been struggling lately as they try to defend their title. All-Star forward Kevin Love has been dealing with back spasms and missed Monday's game and starting guard J.R. Smith remains sidelined with a broken thumb.

James insists the Cavs just need to play better and in the interim he vowed not to let anyone criticize him.

"I'm tired of biting my tongue," James said. "There's a new sheriff in town."

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<![CDATA[Last-Place Mavs Topple LeBron James, Cavs 104-97]]>Tue, 31 Jan 2017 05:41:23 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-633128092.jpg

Yogi Ferrell was hours away from playing in an NBA Development League game when he got a call that Dallas wanted to sign him.

Three days, two games and about 1,500 miles later, Cleveland stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, along with the defending champion Cavaliers, know a little more about the rookie guard from Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's alma mater.

Ferrell scored a career-high 19 points while helping cool off Irving, and the last-place Mavericks knocked off a title contender for the second straight night in a 104-97 win Monday over the Cavaliers, who were missing Kevin Love because of recurring back spasms .

Ferrell, the former Indiana player with the given first name of Kevin, outscored Irving in the second game of a 10-day contract, a night after hitting clinching free throws in the final seconds of a win at San Antonio.

"Was it in Erie or Buffalo?" Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle asked while trying to remember where the Long Island Ducks were playing when Ferrell got the call because of Dallas' injury issues at point guard. "I don't know. Nobody knows. Nobody knows where he came from."

It was Erie, and Ferrell helped limit Irving to 7-of-21 shooting to end a six-game streak of at least 20 points during which the Cavs All-Star averaged 30 points.

"I am living the dream right now," said the 23-year-old Ferrell, who spent four seasons with the Hoosiers, went undrafted and played 10 games for the Brooklyn Nets before getting waived in December.

James led the Cavaliers with 23 points, but combined with Irving for just one point in the fourth quarter, 2-of-14 shooting from 3-point range and 11 of their team's 17 turnovers. Dallas had just nine turnovers.

Cleveland was showing signs of settling down, winning two straight after a tumultuous eight-game stretch that included six losses and James questioning whether the front office was satisfied with one title.

But the Cavaliers finished 7-8 in January by falling behind for good early in the second quarter against a team that was 0-9 on the second night of back-to-backs and lost by 38 in Cleveland in November.

That was the largest winning margin of the season for the Cavaliers and the most lopsided loss for Dallas.

"I don't even remember November," said James, who had nine rebounds and nine assists. "Play every game. It doesn't matter what you did in the game before."

Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 24 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Wesley Matthews scored 21 points.

Ferrell hit a 3-pointer and a driving layup to give the Mavericks their biggest lead at 102-85 with 3:52 remaining. At the next timeout, with the Cavaliers down by 15, coach Tyronn Lue pulled James and Irving after they had each missed their only two shots of the fourth quarter.

"For me, it's one of those games where they were faster than us," Lue said. "They were attacking the basket. They just ran faster and harder than us."

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Seth Curry scored 16 points, and Dwight Powell had 14 points and eight rebounds. ... C Andrew Bogut was out again with a right hamstring strain after playing just eight minutes a night earlier in San Antonio. He had played the past three games after missing the previous six.

Cavaliers: The Cavaliers dropped to 3-6 on the second night of back-to-backs and 3-3 without Love. ... Channing Frye scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, with three 3-pointers. ... Cleveland's biggest lead was eight in the first quarter after a 22-5 run.

Love Update
An MRI revealed no structural damage in the All-Star reserve forward's back, but he will miss Wednesday's game at home against Minnesota. He could be out longer.

A Little Tonic
Injuries played a big role in Dallas getting off to a 3-15 start, the worst for the franchise in the past two decades. But the Mavericks are 7-3 in their last 10, and beat the defending champs to follow their first regular-season win in San Antonio since 2010.

"With the things that we've gone through this year, to win two games like this gives you energy," Carlisle said.

Up Next
Mavericks: At home against Philadelphia on Wednesday, the first of four straight against teams with losing records, including a home-and-home with Portland four days apart.

Cavaliers: After hosting the Timberwolves, four straight on the road, capped by a visit to Oklahoma City 11 days after a 16-point home win over Russell Westbrook's crew.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Find Bright Spot in Yogi Ferrell]]>Tue, 31 Jan 2017 05:40:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_Newy_Yogi_1200x675_866383939997.jpgThe Dallas Mavericks get a boost from former Indiana Hoosier Yogi Ferrell, who outscored the Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving Monday night.]]><![CDATA[Curry's 24 Points Help Mavs Hold off Spurs, 105-101]]>Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:42:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630706616.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks took advantage of uncommon mental mistakes by the veteran Spurs to snap a 12-game losing streak in San Antonio.

Seth Curry had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Dallas beat San Antonio 105-101 on Sunday night to hand the Spurs consecutive losses for just the second time this season.

The Mavericks rallied from a 15-point deficit in the first half to win at the AT&T Center for the first time since Nov. 26, 2010.

"Six years since we got a win here, so sounds good," Curry said. "But we played them a couple of times early in the year and came in here and had a chance to beat them. We were pretty confident coming in. I knew if we played 48 minutes of good basketball, we'd have a chance at the end."

Kawhi Leonard had 24 points for San Antonio, which fell to 16-6 at home after tying the league mark with a 40-1 record last season.

"Too many mental errors defensively," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I thought we did a really poor job discipline-wise. . Too many weak-side errors defensively where they got to the rim too easily. You know, we scored points. I know we got 100 points, 101 points, that's fine, but the mental mistakes were really costly."

Curry broke free for an uncontested layup and a 103-98 lead with 17 seconds remaining after San Antonio had pulled within 100-98 following Leonard's blocked shot on Curry and Manu Ginobili's steal of Dirk Nowitzki's pass.

Dallas escaped a turnover with 25 seconds left when officials ruled Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle called a timeout before Danny Green tipped the ball away from Curry. The Mavericks finished with seven turnovers, the lowest by a Spurs opponent this season.

San Antonio held Dallas to five points in the final 3:47, but was unable to complete the rally.

Yogi Ferrell, who started a day after signing a 10-day contract with the Mavericks, made two free throws to give Dallas a 105-101 lead with 7.3 seconds remaining.

"We know he's a high-character kid from a great program at Indiana (University)," Carlisle said. "He's on a short list of called-up guys in the D-League, so this was a real opportunity for him. He played extremely well and it was only fitting that he had a chance to knock down the two game-winning shots."

Harrison Barnes added 19 points and Wes Matthews had 17 for Dallas.

San Antonio turned in another lackluster fourth quarter after falling 119-103 in New Orleans on Friday.

In losing to the bottom two teams in the Southwest Division, the Spurs dropped consecutive games to teams whose combined 36 wins match San Antonio's.

"It doesn't matter who we lose to," Leonard said. "It's always tough losing. We want to win every game. We've got another one coming up and we have to be prepared. We have to go in with the same mentality; play defense first and let the offense come."

LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker had 16 points apiece for the Spurs.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Dallas is averaging 12.1 turnovers per game, second-fewest in the league. The Mavericks' seven turnovers were one fewer than the Los Angeles Clippers had in a 24-point victory over the Spurs on Nov. 5. . Dallas has the second-worst road record in the West at 7-19, trailing only the Lakers' 5-21 mark.

Spurs: Ginobili has 1,398 3-pointers, passing former teammate Brent Barry for 28th in league history. ... Forward Davis Bertans is just the fourth Spurs rookie with at least 35 3-pointers and 15 blocks in a season, joining Leonard, Ginobili and Lloyd Daniels. ... Bertans made his second career start. The Spurs lost for the first time in 11 games when a rookie starts.

Fast Start
Ferrell was just hoping to play a few minutes to show he belongs in the NBA after appearing in 11 games with Brooklyn earlier this season.

Ferrell was averaging 18.6 points and 5.8 assists for the Long Island Nets of the Development League when he was signed by Dallas on Saturday.

He was stunned when Carlisle told him he would start in his first game with the Mavericks.

"Definitely very eye-opening," Ferrell said. "When Coach told me that, my mind switched. I made sure I was ready."

Ferrell finished with nine points and seven assists in 36 minutes.

"As the game went on, I kind of settled down and gathered myself," he said.

Up Next
Mavericks: Host Cleveland on Monday night.

Spurs: Host Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.

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<![CDATA[Seth Curry Sparks Mavs During Recent Run]]>Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:42:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy_Mavs_Minute_1200x675_865599043940.jpgNewy talks about an unheralded player providing a spark for the Dallas Mavericks, helping the team to three wins in the last four games.]]><![CDATA[Mavs Release Jackson From 10-Day Contract, Sign Ferrell]]>Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:21:50 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks-012817.jpg

The Mavericks have released Pierre Jackson from his 10-day contract and replaced the former Baylor guard by signing rookie Yogi Ferrell to a 10-day deal.

Ferrell, who spent four seasons at Indiana before getting bypassed in last year's NBA draft, was waived by Brooklyn in December after averaging 5.4 points and 1.7 assists in 10 games.

The 23-year-old Ferrell was most recently with the Long Island Nets of the NBA Development League, averaging 18.7 points and 5.8 assists in 18 games.

Jackson was on his second 10-day contract with Dallas after originally signing Dec. 27 and getting waived less than two weeks later. He averaged 3.9 points and 2.1 assists in nine games.

The Mavericks also recalled guard-forward Nicolas Brussino from the Texas Legends of the D-League.

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<![CDATA[Westbrook Scores 45 Points, Thunder Beat Short-Handed Mavs]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:04:59 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/505180868.jpg

Just when it looked as if the Oklahoma City Thunder might squander a big lead, Russell Westbrook unleashed his full fury on the Dallas Mavericks.

Westbrook scored 17 of his 45 points in the final 8:23 to help the Thunder beat the short-handed Mavericks 109-98 on Thursday night.

Oklahoma City led by 16 late in the third quarter, but the advantage was down to six when Westbrook checked in after a Dallas timeout. The NBA scoring leader made 7 of 10 shots in the fourth quarter, including 3 of 4 3-pointers.

"I could tell in the timeout that he felt like he was getting ready to kind of explode, to be honest with you," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

Westbrook was 16 of 29 overall from the field after being named an All-Star reserve earlier in the night. He had eight rebounds and three assists, ending his triple-doubles streak at three games.

Victor Oladipo added 17 points, and Steven Adams had 15 in Oklahoma City's third straight win.

The Thunder's excitement was dimmed when they learned that forward Enes Kanter fractured his right forearm punching a chair in the second quarter. Kanter is the team's No. 3 scorer and one of the league's top reserves.

"It was tough, man," Westbrook said. "To do it the way he did it is very unfortunate. He's a strong man, and he'll be back better."

Adams said Kanter likely will struggle with how he has affected the team.

"He didn't mean to do it, obviously," Adams said. "It's just one of those frustrating times where it just happened to like — he did what he did, you know. He's already hard on himself. No one else can be as hard as he is on himself. He's probably just feeling so under the weather. I feel bad for him."

Harrison Barnes scored 31 points, and Justin Anderson added 17 for the Mavericks. They had won five of seven.

Dallas was without four of its top five scorers. Forward Wesley Matthews sat out with a right hip strain, forward Dirk Nowitzki rested on the second game of a back-to-back, guard J.J. Barea was out with a left calf strain, and guard Deron Williams was out with a sprained left big toe.

Oladipo made a 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds left in the first half to put the Thunder up 53-52, but Dorian Finney-Smith answered with a 3 as time expired in the half to put the Mavericks up 55-53.

Oklahoma City gained control in the third quarter and put the Mavericks into foul trouble. Westbrook scored 13 points in the period, and Oklahoma City led 87-73 heading into the fourth quarter.

Dallas roared back in the opening minutes of the final period and cut Oklahoma City's lead to three, but rookie Domantas Sabonis drained a 3-pointer, and Dallas called a timeout.

Westbrook then checked in after a short rest and finished the job.

"We put up a good fight," Anderson said. "It's tough when we did great the whole night. Westbrook got hot there at the end shooting threes. We were answering him with twos, and that's a tough battle to win."

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Dallas committed just one turnover in the first quarter. ... Rookie G Pierre Jackson suffered a left hamstring pull in the second quarter and only played 13 minutes in his first career start.

Thunder: Westbrook went without an assist in the first half, and without an assist or rebound in the second quarter. ... Oklahoma City shot 51.4 percent overall. ... Kanter finished with four points in nine minutes.

Stat Lines
Barnes made 13 of 26 shots, made both of his 3-pointers and all three of his free throws.

Quotable
Dallas G Devin Harris, on strategy against Westbrook: "We kind of took everyone else away. We tried to make one guy beat you, and he made some shots. That's just how it goes sometimes."

Up Next
The Mavericks play at the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

The Thunder play at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Rezoning Approved for Possible New Mavs Arena]]>Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:39:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MARK_CUBAN_ON_JUSTIN_ANDERSON_1200x675_719881795568.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks scored a huge win at Dallas City Hall on Wednesday.

Council members approved a rezoning request paving the way for the possibility of a new basketball arena.

It would be located next to the team's brand-new practice facility along Stemmons Freeway in the booming Design District.

The team still has 13 years left on its lease with the American Airlines Center, right across the freeway from the Mavs' training facility that opened in October 2016.

It sits on 14 acres of land owned by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Wednesday, council members approved a rezoning request that would allow for buildings the size of a new arena.

In October, Cuban alluded to having bigger plans for the property than just the training facility.

"I bought 14 acres, and this is in an existing building, so we also have the building next door, the building behind, there's lots of things we plan on doing. The idea here was this was an existing structure was just to get something open so we could have a practice facility close by," Cuban said in October.

Parking and access at the AAC have long been an issue for fans, but it's unclear how moving to the busy Design District will help that.

There is still a lot of time left to figure out the details.

Cuban has said he doesn't even expect to make a decision on whether the team will move for another six years.

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<![CDATA[Barnes Scores 23 to Lead Mavericks Over Knicks, 103-95]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 04:40:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632723242.jpg

While injuries continue to mount for the Dallas Mavericks, the healthy players who remain are determined to keep pressing forward.

Harrison Barnes scored 23 points and Seth Curry had 20 as the Mavericks beat the New York Knicks 103-95 on Wednesday night.

Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points for Dallas, which was coming off a 49-point blowout of the Los Angeles Lakers. The last-place Mavericks (16-29) have won five of seven.

Carmelo Anthony, the subject of trade talk, scored 30 points to lead the Knicks. Courtney Lee had a season-high 23 for New York, which has lost 14 of 18.

Dallas played without Wesley Matthews and lost Deron Williams to injury late in the first half.

"That is the story of our season right now," Curry said. "Guys are going down so everybody is stepping up."

Barnes, one of the few Mavs players who has been healthy all season, scored 13 after halftime.

"Once I got hurt and other guys got hurt, he kind of got thrown in the fire," Nowitzki said of Barnes. "He's been fantastic. Just being in that position more and more, you get more experience, and he's tough to guard now."

Dallas led by as many as 10 in the third quarter, but the Knicks rallied to get within one twice in the fourth quarter.

Down 89-88, the Knicks had the ball on a fast break, but Ron Baker missed a 3-pointer from the right corner.

Curry followed with a long jumper at the other end, keying an 8-0 run as New York turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions.

"We've got to stay away from careless turnovers," Anthony said. "We had eight in the fourth quarter; that's the game right there. We've got to do a better job taking care of the ball, protecting the ball, getting what we want."

Nowitzki gave the Mavericks the lead for good at 65-63 in the third quarter when he scored off an offensive rebound. Dallas went on a 14-2 run capped by Dorian Finney-Smith's 3-pointer with 3:08 left in the period, giving the Mavericks their biggest lead at 75-65.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: The team signed guard Pierre Jackson to a second 10-day contract, and he played 24 minutes largely in place of Williams. If the Mavericks want to keep Jackson longer than 10 days, they would be required to sign him for the rest of the season.

Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis played only five minutes in the first half after picking up three fouls. He scored all 13 of his points after halftime. ... Rookie center Willy Hernangomez had a career-high 16 rebounds. ... New York coach Jeff Hornacek said forward Lance Thomas had a mask to protect his fractured orbital bone, but was still experiencing headaches during workouts so the team will take its time returning him to action.

Medical Update
Williams came up limping after he stepped on Joakim Noah's foot late in the first half. Williams hit a 3-pointer later in the same possession but asked out of the game and went straight to the locker room. He was diagnosed with a left big toe sprain and sat out the second half. He will likely miss more time.

Matthews sat out after straining his right hip on Sunday. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Matthews will miss at least one more game.

On the plus side, Andrew Bogut returned to action after missing six straight games with a right hamstring strain.

No Distractions
Despite his name coming up in trade speculation, Anthony said after the game that the chatter was not a distraction to him or the team.

"Until management comes to me and says something, that's something I can't feed into," he said. "At this point, I really don't have any reaction to it. It's something that we've talked about, it's something that we've discussed amongst each other, it's something that we don't want to bring into this locker room."

Up Next
Mavericks: Visit Oklahoma City on Thursday for the first of three matchups this season with the Thunder.

Knicks: Host Charlotte on Friday for their only home game in a six-game stretch.

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<![CDATA[Newy Scruggs and Brad Townsend Talk Mavs]]>Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:16:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TOWNSEND_AND_NEWY_MAVS_TALK_FOR_WEB_1200x675_862731843770.jpgNBC 5's Newy Scruggs talks with reporter Brad Townsend, of the Dallas Morning News, about Dirk Nowitzki’s future, the Mavs' possible trade deadline moves and much more.]]><![CDATA[Mavericks Sign Guard Pierre Jackson to 2nd 10-Day Contract]]>Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:42:18 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632423018.jpg

The Mavericks have signed Pierre Jackson to a second 10-day contract, putting the former Baylor guard closer to a guaranteed roster spot for the rest of the season.

The 25-year-old Jackson has averaged 3.1 points and 1.7 assists in seven games with the Mavericks in his first NBA season. He was signed off Dallas' development league team in December and waived less than two weeks later. He signed his first 10-day deal Jan. 15.

If the Mavericks want to keep Jackson beyond another 10-day contract, they will have to sign him for the rest of the season.

Jackson was a second-round pick in 2013 but never appeared in an NBA game before tearing an Achilles tendon in a summer league game a year later. He has also played in France.

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<![CDATA[Nowitzki Starts Mavericks Toward 122-73 Rout of Lakers]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:22:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632409830.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks had something to prove on Sunday following two straight tough losses.

Coming off a three-point effort in an overtime loss on Friday, Nowitzki scored all 13 of his points in the first half and Dallas gave the Los Angeles Lakers the worst loss in their history, 122-73.

"We didn't show up to play," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "It's embarrassing for us as a team and for us as an organization. The effort just wasn't there tonight, which I don't understand."

The 49-point defeat just edged Los Angeles' two previous worst losses at 48 points, most recently 123-75 at Utah on March 28, 2016.

The Mavericks' winning margin was the third-largest in their history.

It was Dallas' 13th straight win over the Lakers, who have lost six of their last seven games overall.

After a season-best three-game winning streak, the Mavericks had blown a nine-point halftime lead at Miami on Thursday and lost to Utah on Friday.

Nowitzki was 1 for 13 against the Jazz, including a missed 3-pointer that would have tied the game in overtime.

"I looked sluggish the other night on that back-to-back," Nowitzki said, "but took a day off yesterday, didn't do anything. Felt a lot better today."

The game was close for 10 minutes, with Dallas leading 23-22 before the Mavericks scored the next 15 points to blow it open. Nowitzki had seven points during the run. He played just 20 minutes.

Justin Anderson led seven Mavericks in double figures with a game-high 19 points in 16 minutes, his most playing time since Dec. 27.

The Mavericks led 67-33 at the half and never looked back. They both scored their most points and allowed the fewest in a half and a game this season. The 34-point halftime lead was the third-largest in franchise history.

The Lakers scored their fewest points in a quarter, a first half and a game.

"What's deflating is that we didn't guard anybody tonight," Lakers forward Julius Randle said.

Lou Williams led the Lakers with 15 points.

Dallas' Seth Curry scored 14 points, including seven straight in the first quarter.

Wesley Matthews and Deron Williams also had 13 points. Devin Harris and Pierre Jackson scored 10 each. Rookies Jackson and Nicolas Brussino (eight points) each reached career highs.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Dallas' record winning margin was 123-70 win at home over the 76ers on Nov. 13, 2014. They beat the Knicks 128-78 in New York on Jan. 24, 2010. ... J.J. Barea missed his 26th game this season because of a strained left calf aggravated on Friday. Coach Rick Carlisle said he didn't expect Barea back until after the All-Star break (Feb. 24 at the earliest). Andrew Bogut (strained right hamstring) could return this week, according to Carlisle.

Lakers: They played without D'Angelo Russell, second on the team at 14.3 points per game. An MRI taken Saturday showed a mildly sprained right MCL and strained right calf. That left the Lakers with rookie Brandon Ingram starting at point guard, and they had a season-low 10 assists. ... Larry Nance Jr. (bone bruise, left knee) returned after missing 16 games and scored four points.

Lending a Hand
Mavericks G Deron Williams moved into 20th place in NBA history with 6,715 assists, passing Kevin Johnson. Williams has had at least seven assists in seven straight games; on Sunday, he had eight, seven by halftime.

Long-Range
Nowitzki tied J.R. Smith for 15th place in 3-point field goals by making one for a total of 1,729.

Up Next
Mavericks: Complete a three-game homestand on Wednesday night against New York.

Lakers: Travel to Portland for the second game of a three-game trip on Wednesday night.

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<![CDATA[Jazz Win 112-107 in Overtime at Mavs]]>Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:48:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509282256.jpg

Rudy Gobert had career highs with 27 points and 25 rebounds, including one on his missed free throw in overtime that led to the tying 3-pointer by Joe Johnson, and the Utah Jazz beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-107 on Friday night.

Gobert had just missed both of his free throw attempts with 1:50 left, but the second one ricocheted right back to him. Johnson then hit a 3 to make it 107-all.

After a Dallas miss by Deron Williams and a foul in the aftermath, Joe Ingles put the Jazz ahead to stay with two free throws with 1:35 remaining.

Gobert finished with his 29th consecutive 10-rebound game.

Gordon Hayward had 26 points, including a big 3-pointer late in regulation. Johnson finished with 15 points.

Harrison Barnes had 19 points for Dallas, which had seven players score in double figures. Williams had 16 points and Seth Curry 15.

Williams had consecutive layups high off the glass in overtime, the last with 1:36 putting the Mavericks up 107-104.

Hayward's 3-pointer with 1:06 left in regulation had put the Jazz up 96-95, then Gobert had a rebound that led to his layup at the other end for a 98-95 lead with 36 seconds left.

That rebound by Gobert came after a missed 3-pointer by J.J. Barea, who aggravated a calf issue on the shot.

Curry, who had been on the bench for a long stretch, re-entered the game for Barea and made a wide-open tying 3-pointer from the left corner with 25 seconds left that tied it.

Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 10 rebounds for Dallas, but was just 1-of-13 shooting for three points. A minute into the fourth quarter, the 13-time All-Star and MVP from 10 years ago twice grabbed his own misses before being blocked on a third try.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Gobert's rebounding streak is now 10 games longer than the previous Jazz record that had been shared by Paul Millsap (2008-09) and Truck Robinson (1977-78). Only four other NBA players have had a 30-game streak of 10-rebound games since 1997-98. ... The Jazz went to overtime for the first time this season.

Mavericks: After losing at Miami on Thursday, Dallas is 0-8 in the second game of back-to-backs. ... The Mavs scored on 10 consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter before Barnes had a turnover out of a timeout with 2:40 left. Barnes had scored seven consecutive points during that stretch. ... Andrew Bogut missed his fifth straight game since tweaking his hamstring last week after coming back from a right knee problem.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Back home against Indiana on Saturday night.

Mavericks: Host the Lakers on Sunday. Dallas won twice in Los Angeles earlier this season, and has won 12 straight in the series.

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<![CDATA[Doney: Why the Mavs Could Still Make the Playoffs]]>Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:36:45 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks+Rick+Carlisle.jpgThough the Dallas Mavericks are toward the bottom of the NBA standings more than halfway through the season, they still could surprise people and make the playoffs. NBC 5's Pat Doney explains.

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<![CDATA[Dragic Scores 32, Heat Top Mavericks 99-95]]>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:44:20 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614766146.jpg

Goran Dragic had 32 points, Tyler Johnson scored 10 of his 23 in the fourth quarter and the Miami Heat topped the Dallas Mavericks 99-95 on Thursday night.

Dragic shot 11 for 15 from the field and 4 of 4 from 3-point range. He also got a big offensive rebound in the final minute to extend a possession, and Johnson made a pair of free throws with 29.9 seconds left to give Miami an eight-point lead.

Hassan Whiteside scored 13 and Dion Waiters added 12 for the Heat.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points for Dallas, which had its season-best three-game winning streak snapped. The Mavericks went 1 for 8 from the field during a late stretch of the fourth quarter and never got the lead again.

Wesley Matthews scored 18 for the Mavericks, who got 15 apiece from Harrison Barnes and Seth Curry.

Nowitzki made two of three free throws with 18.5 seconds left to get the Mavs within 95-92. The Heat needed to burn two timeouts before even getting the ball inbounded on the ensuing possession, and Johnson hit two from the line five seconds later to help seal the win.

Dragic tied a career best for shooting percentage when taking at least 15 shots; he was 11 of 15 on two other occasions, both with Phoenix. It was also the fourth time he was 4 for 4 from 3-point range in a regular-season game -- he was 5 for 5 once, in a 2010 playoff game with the Suns.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Nowitzki took Dallas' first four shots. ... J.J. Barea scored 13 points and has reached double figures in 11 of his 17 games this season. At 32, he's on pace to average more than 12 points a game for the first time. ... Dallas took only 11 free throws to Miami's 29.

Heat: Miami is up to 170 games missed by players for illness or injury this season, most in the NBA. ... Okaro White made his NBA debut in the first quarter. He was signed to a 10-day deal earlier this week. ... Wayne Ellington got his 1,000th career rebound and is one 3-pointer shy of 500.

PROMOTION ISSUE

A fan avoided injury when a door -- depicting a hotel room door -- on a wheeled frame fell over on her during a promotion after the first quarter. The promotion had several fans slide hotel "keys" into the door, and the one that worked would win a hotel stay. Heat officials said the woman was fine, and the game was delayed a couple of minutes while some cosmetic scrapes to the floor were removed.

BOGUT CLOSER

Dallas center Andrew Bogut missed his fourth straight game with a right hamstring strain. He worked out on the court before the game and is improving, though he isn't expected to play Friday against Utah.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host the Utah Jazz on Friday. Dallas is 0-7 on the second night of back-to-backs this season.

Heat: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. Miami is 1-1 against the Bucks, with both teams winning at home.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Edge Bulls 99-98 for 3rd Straight Win]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:31:27 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631932580.jpg

Wesley Matthews was mad at himself after Jimmy Butler's clutch shot in the final minute. He exacted his revenge on the other side of the court.

Matthews made a go-ahead 3-pointer from the wing with 12 seconds left, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Chicago Bulls 99-98 on Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

"We've been struggling, it's been tough for 2½ months, but guys kept hanging in and believing in each other," coach Rick Carlisle said. "Games like this give us even more confidence."

Six players scored in double figures for the Mavericks (14-27), including all five starters. Harrison Barnes had 20 points, Seth Curry added 18 and Dirk Nowitzki finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Dallas trailed 98-96 after Butler's long jumper over Matthews in a matchup of Marquette products with 23 seconds left, but Carlisle decided against a timeout and Deron Williams drove into the lane before kicking out to Matthews for the 3.

"Jimmy came down and made a great play. He went over the top of me and shot," Matthews said. "And I can't really take much credit for the other end of the court. D-Will came down in transition. I think everyone was expecting a timeout, which was a good play by Coach to not do that.

"D-Will made a great play, he found me, and I just had to knock it down."

Matthews then prevented Butler from getting a shot off in the final seconds, and Dwyane Wade missed a potential game-winning jumper from the corner on his 35th birthday.

"They did a good job of pressuring on us, making us make tough shots," Wade said. "Wes Matthews is a great defender and he did a great job of just pressuring Jimmy and making us get to other things at the end."

Butler finished with 24 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for the Bulls, who had won two in a row. Robin Lopez scored 21, and Wade had 17 on 8-for-21 shooting.

Wade's fadeaway jumper gave the Bulls a 94-90 lead with 3:18 remaining, but they struggled to score down the stretch of another disappointing performance at home. Chicago (21-22) dropped to 13-9 at the United Center, including home losses to the under-.500 Knicks, Lakers, Trail Blazers, Timberwolves and Mavericks.

"We've just got to be better, man," Butler said. "It's the same mistakes over and over again."

Chicago played without forward Taj Gibson, sidelined by left ankle soreness. Paul Zipser, a second-round pick in last year's draft, started in Gibson's spot and finished with five points and three rebounds in his 13th game of the season.

Gibson, averaging 12 points and 7.3 rebounds, could return Friday night at Atlanta. He had played in every game this season.

Dallas put together a 15-4 run spanning halftime to open a 64-51 lead on Barnes' turnaround jumper with 8:38 left in the third. But Chicago kept chipping away at the deficit, and Lopez's three-point play off a pass from Butler trimmed the Mavericks' lead to 76-74 heading into the fourth.

Bullish Against the Bulls
The Mavericks earned their fourth consecutive win against the Bulls, including a 107-82 victory in their first meeting this season. They swept the series against Chicago for the second consecutive season for the first time since 2002-03 and 2003-04.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: C Andrew Bogut missed his third straight game with a right hamstring strain. ... Williams had 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and reserve J.J. Barea scored 12 points. Matthews went 3 for 5 from 3-point range and finished with 11 points.

Bulls: Butler received his Olympic championship ring during a pregame ceremony. He helped the U.S. win gold in Rio de Janeiro last summer. ... F Doug McDermott, who scored a career-high 31 points in Chicago's 108-104 victory at Memphis on Sunday night, finished with seven points on 3-for-10 shooting.

Up Next
Mavericks: Visit Miami on Thursday night. The Mavericks have lost nine of their last 10 regular-season games against the Heat.

Bulls: Visit Atlanta on Friday night. The Bulls have dropped five in a row against the Hawks, including a 115-107 defeat at Atlanta on Nov. 9.

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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Responds to Ref Union Allegation of Intimidation]]>Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:52:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/505558222.jpg

Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban, in response to assertions by the NBA's referee union that he tries to intimidate and control game officials and that the league doesn't police him enough, said he has no intentions of changing his ways of trying to bring change to a system that he believes desperately needs it.

"Nothing's changed," Cuban said before the Mavericks' game Thursday night in Mexico City against Phoenix. "My influence is so great, it got us 11 wins this season."

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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Not Ruling Out a 2020 White House Run]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:47:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark_Cuban_Doesnt_Rule_Out_2020_Run_1200x675_898667587827.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban spoke Wednesday at an event in Washington, D.C., on the future of communication, and he said he would consider a run at the White House in 2020 if he thought he could help.]]>